How to make 'Date Accessed' work properly in File Explorer?


  1. Posts : 23
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit 19045 Multiprocessor Free - 22H2
       #1

    How to make 'Date Accessed' work properly in File Explorer?


    I want my files to show in the order that they were last accessed. I can open multiple files, sort by 'Accessed' and they still won't show up at the top.

    'Date Modified' seems to work fine 90% of the time. Newer files are usually sorted at the top with this option.
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  2. Posts : 16,939
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #2

    See
    Enable or Disable NTFS Last Access Time Stamp Updates - TenForumsTutorials
    That procedure allows a Date accessed column in File explorer to work.

    Best of luck,
    Denis
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  3. Posts : 23
    Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit 19045 Multiprocessor Free - 22H2
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Hi Denis,

    I followed the steps in your link to enable Date Accessed. However, my files still do not update as 'accessed' when they're opened.

    The only way I can seem to get them to update is by renaming them. When I open a video/media file, the date accessed just stays the same.

    Also, sometimes when I open a folder which contains multiple files, all of the files will suddenly say that they've been accessed recently even if I haven't opened or modified them.
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  4. Posts : 16,939
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 22H2 Build 19045.4170
       #4

    I suggest you post your questions in the tutorial thread.
    Brink, the tutorial author, probably knows more than anyone else here about the subject.


    Best of luck,
    Denis



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  5. Posts : 42,967
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)
       #5

    To illustrate this: a quick play showed that 'date accessed' is indeed not immediately reflected by file explorer after a file has been accessed (by default).

    Example:
    How to make 'Date Accessed' work properly in File Explorer?-1.jpg
    There I have just accessed the file, as you can see in its properties.
    However, file explorer is not updated to reflect that.

    Date Accessed is, however, updated if e.g. file explorer is closed and relaunched.

    Presumably that behaviour reflects the fact I've not used
    Enable or Disable NTFS Last Access Time Stamp Updates in Windows 10
    as recommended by @Try3

    - and which adds processing time according to the tutorial.


    If you wish to change the default view for folders, see LesFerch's admirable WinSetView utility.
    Set Default Folder View for all Folders in Windows 10
    Option 2
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