Can't arrange folders by date

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  1. Posts : 37
    windows 10 home 64bit
       #1

    Can't arrange folders by date


    This seems like an easy one at first but not for me.
    I get play memories to download my photo's from my camera to the computer and it stores them all in a folder called camera photos. When looking at the sperate folders arranged by the date they are all out of order. I have gone to sort by and tried by date, date created, date modified and so on but the folders will not go in the order I want them. Example: 20 jan 2016...20 feb 2016....19 may 2017....23 june 2017 and so on..

    Here are my folders and if you look they are all out of order.
    Can't arrange folders by date-not-order.png

    Is there something obvious I'm missing?

    thanks.
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  2. Posts : 34,903
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    I don't think there's a way to recognise the name as a date, if that's what you're hoping to achieve.

    Sorting by date created will look for the creation date- which may not be the same as the name. Or is the creation date of each folder actually the same as its name?

    Sorting by name will do this.
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  3. Posts : 34,903
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #3

    Here I've set the creation data of one folder to match its name, and sorted the folders as you show (except it's ascending rather than descending)
    Can't arrange folders by date-snap-2017-05-04-18.19.08.jpg

    If you want to set the creation date of your folders, you can use this free utility:
    Can't arrange folders by date-snap-2017-05-04-18.30.36.jpg
    Home | Attribute Changer

    There are others. But for a lot of folders, could be a bit tiresome.
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  4. Posts : 34,903
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #4

    Another approach would be to add a Comment to each folder, and sort by Comments

    To do this, you can use a utility called StyleFolder (free).
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  5. Posts : 37
    windows 10 home 64bit
    Thread Starter
       #5

    I was just wondering why its starts with say wed 12 April 2017 then march then April again? Shouldn't all the dates with April in them be together so it's in sequence like March, April, May and so on if they are the same year?
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  6. Posts : 24,556
    10 Home x64 (21H2) (10 Pro on 2nd pc)
       #6

    When I really need folders or file names to be in date order (eg. my backups) I give them names including the date that will the suit windows' sort order. Year first, them Month (in figures) then Day: yyyy-mm-dd. Does 'PlayMemories Home' have an option to choose the format of the folder names?
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  7. Posts : 37
    windows 10 home 64bit
    Thread Starter
       #7

    I will have to have a look.
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  8. Posts : 85
    Windows 10 Home
       #8

    dalchina said:
    Here I've set the creation data of one folder to match its name, and sorted the folders as you show (except it's ascending rather than descending)...

    If you want to set the creation date of your folders, you can use this free utility:.....

    There are others. But for a lot of folders, could be a bit tiresome.
    BulkFileChanger (free) from Nirsoft will also change attributes, it has drag and drop feature so bulk changing is easy peasy
    BulkFileChanger: Change date/time/attributes of multiple files

    Bree said:
    When I really need folders or file names to be in date order (eg. my backups) I give them names including the date that will the suit windows' sort order. Year first, them Month (in figures) then Day: yyyy-mm-dd. Does 'PlayMemories Home' have an option to choose the format of the folder names?
    Year Month Day with leading zero is the way to go EG: 2017-05-06
    Also if you want to copy to another OS or send to friends etc there is no need to work out the formats just sort by name
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  9. Posts : 1
    Windows
       #9

    I can’t arrange the folders at all. When I click “sort by” no sorting options appear. Does anyone know what to do. Pls help
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  10. Posts : 11,172
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
       #10

    Hi folks

    @Spyro76891

    I think the main problem is in Windows there's not enough SORT subsections i.e if you try sorting by DATE -- what about the files within the folders - or folders within folders i.e sub / lowerlevel folders. (Beware also date format can vary in different parts of the world too).

    Then do you want date folder was created or date anything in it was modified.

    It's actually a complex process'

    What you need is some sort of file explorer utility that gives more options.

    For example here I'm using Dolphin (a file explorer manager in most Linux distros with the KDE / Plasma GUI) and the options here give what I think you want.

    Can't arrange folders by date-screenshot_20200706_123439.png

    Look for some windows alternative file manager / explorer which can do similar.

    A quick way in Windows though is say to use filezilla (you don't need to connect to a remote server) and this will display folders in date order correctly

    Here's an example (I'm on a Linux box so Windows is the remote connection (2nd pane on right of screen)
    It's identical in Windows and filezilla is a free download -- it's intended really for file transfers but there's no reason why you shouldn't use it for quick file display etc. (Also can display long path and file names which file explorer fails when > 266 chars).

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    Cheers
    jimbo
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