Windows 10: Can't arrange folders by date


  1. Posts : 19
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       04 May 2017 #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.
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    Is there something obvious I'm missing?

    thanks.
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  2.    04 May 2017 #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.    04 May 2017 #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)
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    If you want to set the creation date of your folders, you can use this free utility:
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    There are others. But for a lot of folders, could be a bit tiresome.
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  4.    04 May 2017 #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 : 19
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    Thread Starter
       04 May 2017 #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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       04 May 2017 #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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       04 May 2017 #7

    I will have to have a look.
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  •    04 May 2017 #8

    dalchina said: View Post
    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: View Post
    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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