sort by… what?

Windows Vista gives you the ability to sort through any folder of objects – music, say, or photos – with a certain set of attributes. For music, it suggests track name, or artist, or album, or track number. You can sort My Computer by how much free space is in each volume, or where they are on the network.

I wanted to sort a folder by how recently the files were modified, and got distracted by the sheer choice of things you can sort by.

This is my favourite, by far:

Actually trying to sort my movie collection by station call sign does nothing at all, because movies generally don’t have that kind of attribute. Nor do they have anniversaries, optional attendee addresses, or car phone numbers.

Dear Microsoft, some points:

  1. Please, please, please put “Date modified” back on the Sort By menu for every kind of folder. This is the only sorting attribute I’ve ever wanted or needed to add to a folder.
  2. If you insist on making everything searchable – including the Start menu, which I only ever find myself searching in after bumping the Windows key by accident – for the love of God and all that is holy please make the sorting details list searchable, or at least categorised somehow.
  3. I don’t even know what kind of file would have station call signs as attributes. It’s not part of any walkthrough ever published on the internet. Halp?

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