Again, please reread what was posted. What you proposed is no different than what one already has to do. It still takes "two clicks" navigating through the menu. Just the order of "clicks" is changed - NOT REDUCED TO ONE CLICK!
There is no difference if you click - select "sort by" - click "Sort by Date" - "drop down menu closes", click again, select "sort by" - click on "Ascending". What you propose, is "click - select "sort by" - click "Ascending" - "drop down menu closes", click again, select "sort by" - click on "Sort by Date". Still a lot of nuisance having to go through the menu twice to get what used to be "ONE CLICK" with Windows XP (and earlier).
Also, if the folder was originally "Sorted by Name - Ascending" and you change it to "Descending" before reopening (after the menu closes) and then reopening the menu and "clicking on sort by date", it remains in descending order.
I appreciate the two of you trying to help, but it is not helpful when you have not read what was posted (or if I have not clearly stated, request clarification) and provide non-helpful answers - especially, when I indicated many non-helpful answers produced by a google search. Microsoft, for whatever reason, decided to change the default of "Sort by Date" to descending order. They should have provided an "option" to allow a default order be specified on any "sort". At least keep the drop-down menu open so you can select the sort order and the direction. IMO, too much stuff was changed in Windows 7 just for the sake of change - especially, when much of the base code appears to remain the same!