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How to set time since column in Windows Explorer I.e. a few seconds ago, last week, last month.

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stevember    138
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 A while ago on one of the releases I noticed I can see a column in Explorer that would give me how long ago it was created or modified.

 

Example: a few seconds ago, last week, last month.

 

It appears I have looked everywhere apart from where the setting is.

 

Does it still exist?

 

If so, how do I turn it on?

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Nick H.    9,317

Do you mean the "date modified" column?

 

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If it isn't there by default you can select it under the View>Add columns section. There's also the ability to create a column that can tell you when the item was created.

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stevember    138
1 minute ago, Nick H. said:

Do you mean the "date modified" column?

 

If it isn't there by default you can select it under the View>Add columns section. There's also the ability to create a column that can tell you when the item was created.

Thank you Nick, I have that column.

 

 There is and I've seen the ability to have that column, or similar name and have it in a readable how long ago format.

 

 I've searched Google, and I'm struggling with how to ask.  Google has the answer, I just don't have the right question. 😂

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Daedroth    480

1) In File Explorer, navigate to the folder you want to enable this on

2) Right click the column area and select Date Created

 

If Date Created isn't there, then:

 

1) In File Explorer, navigate to the folder you want to enable this on

2) Right click the column area and select More

3) Scroll until you find Date Created in the list

4) Check the box alongside Date Created

5) Press OK

 

You should now have a Date Created column for that folder in File Explorer. If memory serves, this isn't a setting that works across the folder structures - it only applies to the specific folder you've performed the above actions on.

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Nick H.    9,317
21 minutes ago, Daedroth said:

<Steps>

Yeah, that was my suggestion as well. But he wants to change the format of the information, so rather than it saying "date modified: 18/03/2019 11:40" it would say, "modified 3 days ago" if I understand correctly?

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stevember    138
23 minutes ago, Daedroth said:

1) In File Explorer, navigate to the folder you want to enable this on

2) Right click the column area and select Date Created

 

If Date Created isn't there, then:

 

1) In File Explorer, navigate to the folder you want to enable this on

2) Right click the column area and select More

3) Scroll until you find Date Created in the list

4) Check the box alongside Date Created

5) Press OK

 

You should now have a Date Created column for that folder in File Explorer. If memory serves, this isn't a setting that works across the folder structures - it only applies to the specific folder you've performed the above actions on.

Thank you, appreciate the steps. However, as Nick stated it's about how the information is displayed. I do believe it was in one of the windows insider releases, I am running the latest from the fast release. Perhaps they removed it again?

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Daedroth    480
5 minutes ago, stevember said:

Thank you, appreciate the steps. However, as Nick stated it's about how the information is displayed. I do believe it was in one of the windows insider releases, I am running the latest from the fast release. Perhaps they removed it again?

Ah OK,. I don't ever recall Windows having that information displayed that way. :(

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Nick H.    9,317
3 minutes ago, stevember said:

Apparently it is only available to some, so I must have had it at some point and then lost it.

Oh, interesting. Although I'm glad that they are making it optional rather than forcing everyone to adopt it.

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stevember    138
2 minutes ago, Nick H. said:

Oh, interesting. Although I'm glad that they are making it optional rather than forcing everyone to adopt it.

 Yes, I suspect the creatives will love it. The analyst would hate it. The right/left brain thinking.

 

 

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+BudMan    3,349

Are you thinking more of the filtering feature of date modified?

 

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I don't recall ever seeing that listed like you describe.

 

Ah - think your talking about this

https://www.windowslatest.com/2018/12/02/microsoft-begins-testing-file-explorer-tweaks-in-windows-10-19h1/

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Here is other info

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-insider/at-home/whats-new-wip-at-home-19h1

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Your google fu is just lacking as all - here is another link

https://www.groovypost.com/howto/windows-10-enable-friendly-dates-file-explorer/

How to Enable Friendly Dates in Windows 10 File Explorer

Starting with Windows 10 1903, Windows File Explorer is introducing a new feature for displaying dates on files called “Use Friendly Dates”.

 

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stevember    138
On 3/18/2019 at 12:52 PM, BudMan said:

 

 

Here is other info

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-insider/at-home/whats-new-wip-at-home-19h1

usefriendly.thumb.png.3ce66bf0d6011e3b7dc79b87ff66233c.png

 

Your google fu is just lacking as all - here is another link

https://www.groovypost.com/howto/windows-10-enable-friendly-dates-file-explorer/

How to Enable Friendly Dates in Windows 10 File Explorer

Starting with Windows 10 1903, Windows File Explorer is introducing a new feature for displaying dates on files called “Use Friendly Dates”.

 

Yeah, that's what it was. I did manage to find the information, some users have it and some users do not. I did update  above with this information but thank you for putting it all together.

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