On Windows, Group by Date Modified separates files and folders into groups based on modified dates but sometimes, all items may be grouped under Date Modified: A Long Time Ago. Puzzled by the way that Group by Date Modified put everything in Date Modified: A Long Time Ago but have no idea what to do? In that case, this article is exactly what you need. Down below is a guide on how to bring Group by Date Modified back to normal.
What Must Be Done
If you notice Group by Date Modified throwing everything under Date Modified: A Long Time Ago, go through the steps down below:
- Step 1: Navigate to the directory containing the files and folders you wish to group by modified date.
- Step 2: Look to the top, select View, choose Group by and hit None.
- Step 3: Restart your computer.
- Step 4: When the screen comes back on, go to the target directory, use Group by Date Modified and see how things turn out.
Questions And Answers
How do I find the modified date of files and folders?
On Windows, it takes little work to determine the modified date of files and folders. You only need to locate the target file/folder, right-click it and pick Properties. The date next to Modified in General tab should tell you the modified date of the file/folder.
Is it possible to find files and folders by setting specific date ranges?
In Windows Explorer, by taking advantage of the Search bar, you can find files and folders by setting specific date ranges. First, navigate to the directory containing the files and folders you want to find. Second, look to the top right, hit the Search bar, type datemodified:<start date>..<end date>. Third, press Enter. Remember to replace <start date> and <end date> with the dates you want to search for.
Here is an example: Let’s say you need to find files and folders modified between June 1, 2022 and June 15, 2022. In that case, you must type datemodified:1/06/2022..15/06/2022 in the Search then press Enter.
What is the difference between “Date modified” and “Date last saved”?
On Windows, the “Date modified” column displays the date and time when a file was last modified while the “Date last saved” column displays the date and time when a file was last saved. At a glance, both columns appear to talk about the same thing but differences exist between them. For instance, “Date last saved” only applies to files saved in a program. On the other hand, “Date modified” applies to all files.
That means “Date last saved” shows information for files that have been changed since they were last opened. In the case of “Date modified”, it shows information for all files, even if they haven’t been changed since they were last opened.
As PCWorld’s senior editor, Mark focuses on Microsoft news and chip technology, among other beats. He has formerly written for PCMag, BYTE, Slashdot, eWEEK, and ReadWrite.