The Change File Dates Action

With this action you can change the created, modified and (last) accessed dates and times of files and folders. This action will not alter the names or extensions in any way.

If you back up files regularly, you will notice that although the modified file times retain their meaning, the created dates will be very recent, and may well not reflect the ‘true’ date that the files were created. This action allows you to amend those time stamps to something that is meaning full to you.

Once you have selected which of the dates you wish to alter, a second list is enabled with appropriate options. So if you have chosen to alter the accessed date & time, then ‘Change it to the’ box will let you set each file and folder’s accessed time stamp to either the created, modified or a custom date and time.

The custom date and time will be familiar if you have used the ‘Insert Dates and & Times’ action. The ‘Date & Time’ boxes allow you specify either the fixed date and / or time that you wish to insert, or the starting point for the incrementing series.

If the ‘Changing by’ box is ticked (checked) then you can specify the increasing or decreasing step change to the final date and time specified in the ‘To’ boxes.

The run of dates and times will increment at the specified amount up to but not exceeding the final date and time shown in the ‘To’ box.

The examples below are shown in UK date format, which is day, month and year.

Example 1 – Change modified to accessed
Option Selected Choice
Alter the Modified date & time
Change it to Accessed date & time
Result 1
File Name File Name 1.txt
Accessed Date 04/06/2009 12:16:24
Original Modified Date 01/09/1998 09:35:54
Final Modified Date 04/06/2009 12:16:24
Result 2
File Name File Name 2.txt
Accessed Date 14/10/2005 18:46:00
Original Modified Date 21/12/2006 09:35:54
Final Modified Date 14/10/2005 18:46:00


Example 2 – Change created to custom
Option Selected Choice
Alter the Created date & time
Change it to Custom: 05/10/2005 11:34:52
Result 1
File Name Backup File A.csv
Original Created Date 18/04/1998 13:55:19
Final Created Date 05/10/2005 11:34:52
Result 2
File Name Backup File B.jpg
Original Created Date 16/05/2003 12:30:08
Final Created Date 05/10/2005 11:34:52