When you say "open files sorted by date" do you mean from Windows Explorer/My Computer or from with the Open File Dialog window in an application ie Word or Excel?
Also what view are you using to see the list of files and folders, List, details or what,
If you switch the view to details and click on the grey bit at the top of the data column, the list will switch round still in date order but the folders will be at the top in the order they were created and your last file created at the bottom of the list.
If you then switch to ordinary list view the order you chose will still be active, if you want that altered in any of the other views, say thumbnails, icons etc, choose details first and then change that first.
I am in Detail Mode and wanted the sort to be Folder, then files most recently touched. The older version did this automatically. Now when sorting on the date, I get either, most recent file, then folders, or folders followed by oldest file first. Any thougts?
Yes, there are a lot more criteria that you can sort your files by, In detail view, if you right click on the grey section after Name, Size Type etc... you'll get a dropdown list, some of the options are more determined by the types of files there.
Then click to add a tick next to the criteria you want and it will sort by that field, and I would assume "Date accessed" is the field you want.