Windows 10: Anybody have a suggestion to fix File Date formatting in file explorer

  1.    23 Oct 2017 #1

    Anybody have a suggestion to fix File Date formatting in file explorer


    Running Windows 10 fully updated. My File Explorer windows show several columns in the Details View: the Filename, Date Modified, Date Created, etc. The Date is formatted like this: Day Month Date Time with the Day and Month truncated to 3 letters and the Date and Time as dd (two numbers) & hh:mm. So like this, for example: Mon Oct 23 12:28.
    My problem is that there is no year and my files go back years -- a year here would be useful to me. (The taskbar clock year I don't find useful.)

    My guess (and I could be wrong) is that the "no year" format that Windows Explorer is using is because of the way I've customized my taskbar clock, which I really like. I have 12 hour time with an 'A' or 'P' on the top line and Day Month dd on the bottom line. (The W10 taskbar clock shows two lines on my machine. No other software for this, just W10. The parameters are customized in Control Panel > Clock, Language, Region.) Note that my settings have no year.

    So is there a way that would allow my clock to stay the same but the file date formats to be different? I'd prefer my "Date Modified" or "Date Created" columns to show the year.

    I know, it's a tough question, but if someone has any ideas, e.g. registry modifications, I'd like to try them. Thank You!

    Bozo :)
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  2.    17 Nov 2017 #2

    My Workaround to fix this


    No one, not even Vishal Gupta, could help me with this. I finally had to use a workaround, it just ain't in Win10 settings or approachable (that I could find) with a hack.

    I ended up using T-Clock (download from White-Tiger's github page) and resetting the W10 date format.

    T-Clock so far has not caused any problems in my Windows 10. I'm using the "static version" & I copied the files to a folder in Program Files, put a shortcut in "Startup".
    The formatting of the taskbar clock is very customizable with T-Clock.

    I changed my Win10 settings (there are a lot of options here, too):
    "ddd MMM d" to "MMM d yyyy" for filedate purposes - now shows, for example, "Nov 17, 2017" in 'date modified,' etc.
    (change this in Control Panel>Clock, Language>Region>Change date time format>"Additional" button>Date tab)

    My notification area clock now has my choice of format of time & date. And I was also able to make the taskbar less tall by putting date & time on one line in T-Clock then changing the Win10 settings (Settings>Personalization>Taskbar>Use small taskbar buttons). The icons are pretty small but I really like it.

    If you want no year in your taskbar clock but the full file date in "Date Created" and "Date Modified" this method can work for you.
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  3.    17 Nov 2017 #3

    Try this

    Winaero Tweaker
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  4.    17 Nov 2017 #4

    My file explorer is set up by default (from Microsoft) to show the date on my files as day/month/4 digit year lay out, i.e. 11/17/2017.
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  5.    17 Nov 2017 #5

    Rocky said: View Post
    My file explorer is set up by default (from Microsoft) to show the date on my files as day/month/4 digit year lay out, i.e. 11/17/2017.
    I think The OP is referring to the time in the systray
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       17 Nov 2017 #6

    Win10Bozo said: View Post
    My File Explorer windows show several columns in the Details View: the Filename, Date Modified, Date Created, etc. The Date is formatted like this: Day Month Date Time with the Day and Month truncated to 3 letters and the Date and Time as dd (two numbers) & hh:mm. ...
    ...My guess (and I could be wrong) is that the "no year" format that Windows Explorer is using is because of the way I've customized my taskbar clock...
    What did you use to customise the taskbar clock? Your problem in Explorer appears to be self-inflicted. It appears that a third-party tweaker you used may have changed the date format in more places than you intended/wanted.

    Win10Bozo said: View Post
    ...it just ain't in Win10 settings or approachable (that I could find) with a hack....
    No, because it shouldn't be modifiable in Settings in the first place. Unintended consequences like this are why I avoid third-party 'tweakers' like the plague....
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  7.    17 Nov 2017 #7

    The date formatting settings in the regional and language section are used throughout Windows wherever the date is displayed, including the clock in the notification area. Although not required it is recommended practice for third party applications to do the same. This promotes consistency. I don't believe any version of Windows has ever provided a separate configuration for the notification area clock and I think this is proper.
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  •    25 Nov 2017 #8

    Hello

    I faced the same challenge, and there is a simple solution that does not require any third-party software:
    go to Start menu / Settings / Time and language /
    Scroll down to Formats
    Click "Change Date and Time formats"
    Set "Short date" to "dd-MMM-yy"
    Then columns Date modified, Date created, etc, will appear as, for instance, 23-Nov-17 for 23 November 2017.

    Hope this helps
    E.
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  •    01 Dec 2017 #9

    If you WANT the year in the notification area date this thread isn't relevant to you.
    If you don't want a year in the file explorer date this thread isn't relevant to you.
    If you want NO year in the notification area PLUS a year in the file explorer date then you can learn from the above.
    Despite the suggestions above (Thanks to All) there is no way to get that with Windows 10 settings.
    Regarding the Winaero Tweaker suggestion: for me it was "a lot of software" - too much for my purpose.
    Regarding my use of 3rd party software being the cause of my problem: Not true. I didn't begin use of
    T-Clock (downloaded from White-Tiger's github page) until I gave up on a Windows 10 solution.
    I still haven't had a problem with T-Clock.

    The essence of my question is a finicky preference for no year in the date in the notification area.
    My clock now reads: 1:25P 35 Fri Dec 1 -- I now have hour:min, A or P, seconds, Day, Month, Date

    Additional Comments:
    1) the idea here is a little hard to grasp - most people don't care, or prefer that the year be displayed
    2) the Win10 taskbar clock itself actually does have settings - a LOT of options - but all with the year displayed
    3) don't you think it's weird that so many forum repliers haven't read the question or the previous replies?

    Thanks to All from a Windows 10 Neophyte - I got more info here on tenforums than any forum I submitted to.
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  •    01 Dec 2017 #10

    Bree said: View Post
    What did you use to customise the taskbar clock? Your problem in Explorer appears to be self-inflicted. It appears that a third-party tweaker you used may have changed the date format in more places than you intended/wanted.
    from the original post:
    "(The W10 taskbar clock shows two lines on my machine. No other software for this, just W10. The parameters are customized in Control Panel > Clock, Language, Region.)"
    Actually, the Win10 customization options for the taskbar clock/calendar are pretty extensive.
    Take a look at them: Control Panel > Clock, Language, Region
    Those options come close to what I wanted, but for the actual fix I needed T-Clock.
    I didn't begin with T-Clock until I could not find a setting or hack of any kind in Win10,
    that is, I didn't have any 'tweakers.'
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