Since Windows XP, you can change the behavior of Windows Explorer to show like files like your music folder, video folder, plain documents or even pictures. This is a great improvement over the previous windows versions since it lets you naturally view the files meta data instantly without having to use a third party software.
Windows Explorer in Windows XP, Vista, and 7 do not automatically set the type of folder view. Below are the steps to perform for setting this behavior.
1. Open Windows Explorer and navigate to any folder with files in it. (This won’t work with drives, so make sure the folder isn’t a root folder.)
Choosing the other options like Documents, Pictures, Music or Videos will display the contents of the folder as such. For example, if you choose “music” then it will display the contents of your folder with album art like in your “My Music” folder.
For videos, it will display the type of video file, the dimensions, and the duration of the video. For picture folders, you’ll get small thumbnails instead of the details view.
Ben Carigtan shows you how it’s done.