No matter how many times I set my global default folder view to "details" it invariably reverts to any number of whacky views pretty much at random, seems to have something to do with the filetypes in the different folders but it also seems to select a folder view pretty much at random, never the one I want. I want one folder view for all folders regardless of their content, "details". Is that possible or did the MS programmers not deign to include that option in XP? Thanks for any help. No, clicking "Folder Options/View/Apply To All Folders" does not work. My system just has a good chuckle every time I select that and then immediately mocks me by doing the complete opposite.