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07 Aug 2009   #1

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Library Question, Is this possible

I have my music Library configured the way I like it. (Large Icon view)with two sub folders Singles Folder and Album Folder

When I click in the Album folder and click into an Album, I want to have certain columns configured, Size/Bit Rate/Artist etc etc.

If I attempt to configure it this way, every time I click on album it shows Large Icons

I achieved this by opening the main album folder, setting the required columns, and set all the sub folders to inherit this view. I confirmed it was working. I then changed the Album folder view to Large Icons. I did not reapply the settings to the sub folders, however when i open an album the view has changed to the default large icons!!!!


I've read the only way of doing it is to amend the Libraries button on the Task bar to launch Windows Explorer instead of the libraries view.

Can anyone recommend another option?

I would like to keep the Libraries button the way it is.

Cheers

Pdog

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07 Aug 2009   #2

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Hi Pdog,

I'm looking into this, but haven't come across a workaround yet. It is a bit annoying - what seems to be happening is that you can arrange the main library to show a particular view and all child folders in that library automatically adopt that view. This is OK for when you create a new child folder. However, changing the view arrangement of either a child folder or its parent library causes all child folders and the parent library to adopt the latest arrangement.
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07 Aug 2009   #3

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Here you go. I am using the Sample Music folder for this example.

This image shows the Music Library with the view set to Large Icons and Arrange by set to Folders.
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Here I have opened the Sample Music folder and have changed it to show a different view, as illustrated by the view icon. However, I did not change the view there. Instead, I changed it by setting Arrange by to Songs.
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07 Aug 2009   #4

Windows 7 Hom Premium
 
 

Interesting, I'll have a play when I get in. I presume if you came out of the sample music folder, reopened the Music folder in the library it will keep the setting?

The problem I have in my Album folder I have many albums, so I would have to potentially go into every album and select arrange by "Songs"
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07 Aug 2009   #5

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

Indeed it does. Providing the option Arrange by is not set to Folder, then the view arrangement of that folder remains as you set it. In fact, it is possible to have different child folders showing different views if you so wish.
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07 Aug 2009   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 (Retail)
 
 

Is there a way to achieve the following:

In my "Pictures" library, I would prefer to have the main parent and it's immediate subfolders be set to the "details" view. But then the folders on the third level beneath the "Pictures" folder, I would prefer to have using large icons because they contain actual photos that I would like to view displayed as thumbnails. So far, the only way I've been able to see the photos in the third sublevel folders as thumbnails is to have the parent folders also set to large icons, which is a mild annoyance, but I can live with it if I have to, as I find the library feature very useful.
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07 Aug 2009   #7

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

There is a way around this, although it is probably not ideal. It is the best that I can come up with. I am using the Sample Pictures folder for this example.

This image shows the Pictures Library with the view set to Details and Arrange by set to Folders.
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Here I have opened the Sample Pictures folder and have changed it to show a different view, as illustrated by the view icon. However, I did not change the view there. Instead, I changed it by setting Arrange by to Rating.
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08 Aug 2009   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I've actually found that the Libraries feature works best for me, and I've had no issues with it displaying my files in the way I want. Case in point, with the Music library.

The following screenshot shows my Music library arranged by Album:

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The Album Art thumbnails are displayed in Music Library Album view

I then open a particular album, and change the view to "Details", and Arrange By to "Song", as shown in this screenshot:

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Organize your Music Library AS Music, NOT as Filenames!


When viewing the details of an album, I customized the columns to the following arrangement:
  1. # (Track Number)
  2. Title
  3. Contributing Artists
  4. Length
  5. Album
  6. Rating
  7. Album Artist
  8. Name (Filename)
That arrangement is used with the entire Music library. If I open Windows Explorer, and go to the Music Library and then change the Album view to Artist, I can open any particular Artist to see a collection of his/her Albums, and then drill down deeper into an Album to see the particular tracks of that album.

It almost makes the Windows Media Player Library obsolete, since I now only use WMP for Playback and not file management. I find it so much easier to manage my music in Windows Explorer as such, instead of a collection of filenames.

Note that I only had to configure my Music library view preferences once for each desired view, and then my configurations automaticaly propogated to the entire Music Library...

I only wish there was an easy way to quickly edit the Metadata for AVI/DivX/xVid video files...


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08 Aug 2009   #9

Windows 7 Hom Premium
 
 

Thanks all for your help,

I have successfully managed to sort it out. I originally could not see sort by "Song" the folder was set as "General" changed to music and it worked gave me the option to view by songs.

So The root Music folder has :

Arrange by: Folder
View: Extra Large Icons
Album Directory: Arrange by: Album
Within the Album: Arrange by Song

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08 Aug 2009   #10

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

You're welcome, Pdog. I'm glad that you have got it sorted. It's just a matter sometimes of experimenting with the various combinations until you find one that does what you want without upsetting everything else.
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