My file explorer date format changed suddenly; How to change it back?


  1. Posts : 68
    Windows 10 Professional 21H1
       #1

    My file explorer date format changed suddenly; How to change it back?


    As can be seen in the attached screenshot, my file explorer date has suddenly changed from the actual Date to the day of the week and time. I would like to change it back to the way it was, but I do not know how. Can anyone help me?
    My file explorer date format changed suddenly; How to change it back?-windows-10-file-explorer-date-problem.jpg
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  2. Posts : 18,044
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #2

    Hello @bobhurd,

    I think that is the Friendly Date Format.

    Have a look at this > Turn On or Off Friendly Dates in Windows 10 File Explorer

    I hope this helps.
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  3. Posts : 68
    Windows 10 Professional 21H1
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    Paul Black said:
    Hello @bobhurd,

    I think that is the Friendly Date Format.

    Have a look at this > Turn On or Off Friendly Dates in Windows 10 File Explorer

    I hope this helps.
    I hoped that it would have helped, but alas Friendly Dates was not checked. I put a check mark in it to see if something would change, but no, it did not do anything to the date in file explorer after I restarted file explorer to ensure it was reading the most current data in the registry. Then I changed it back to a Zero and restarted file explorer and it is still showing the "Friendly Date". It is an annoying problem to say the least. This should be a simple fix. - bob

    Supplemental information. I just checked my Thunderbird email and found that the date has changed there as well and shows this "Friendly Date" as well. I can't use email where I don't know what Month or Year it is from. I wonder where this format is coming from. - bob

    - - - Updated - - -

    I found the answer. I was playing around with the date the other day to try to affect the date in the tray and left the date format in a minimalistic format. To change it back I did this:
    Hit the Win key, type “Region”, and choose Region settings. In the Region panel, scroll down and click Change data formats

    That's it. All is fixed now.

    bob
    Last edited by bobhurd; 01 Mar 2023 at 11:52.
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  4. Posts : 18,044
    Win 10 Pro 64-bit v1909 - Build 18363 Custom ISO Install
       #4

    Hello @bobhurd,

    That is excellent news. I was just looking for an alternative for you and I was going to initially direct you to the link at the bottom of the Tutorial I posted.

    Anyway, great news.
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  5. Posts : 2,151
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit v22H2
       #5

    BTW, what version of Windows 10 are you running.? The conversational date format was removed in file explorer as of May 2019 (Windows 10 1903 update).
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