|Everyone has their own preferences. Personally, I like the Common Tasks sidebar. I don't use it often, but I do use it. I don't think it can be customized for indivdual folders though...it's either On or Off. What I don't like is opening a folder & seeing HUGE icons. I always change the View setting to List, plus I always enable File Extensions.|
If you don't like the Control Panel icon arrangement when using Classic Folders, try right clicking in an open space & select Arrange By, then click Name (you may have to do it twice).