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    Turn On or Off Friendly Dates in Windows 10 File Explorer

    Turn On or Off Friendly Dates in Windows 10 File Explorer

    How to Turn On or Off Friendly Dates in Windows 10 File Explorer
    Published by Category: General Tips
    01 May 2019
    Designer Media Ltd



    How to Turn On or Off Friendly Dates in Windows 10 File Explorer


    Starting with Windows 10 build 18277, Microsoft said and build 18305, "Some Insiders may notice small differences in File Explorer over the coming flights – we’ll have more to share later about this later.".

    One difference that was noticed is a new Show dates in conversational format (aka: friendly dates) setting in the View tab of Folder Options.

    Show dates in conversational format (if available) is turned on by default starting with build 18277. If you would prefer to see your dates in the usual formal format, then you could turn off Show dates in conversational format.

    This tutorial will show you how to turn on or off to show dates in a conversation format for friendly dates in File Explorer for your account in Windows 10.

    warning   Warning
    Mentioned in the Windows 10 build 18890 release notes, Microsoft has decided not to roll out Friendly Dates to users as part of the 19H1 release. Insiders will see this option go away starting today, regardless of build number.



     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: Turn On or Off Show Dates in Conversational Format in File Explorer using Folder Options
    • Option Two: Turn On or Off Show Dates in Conversational Format in File Explorer using a REG file
    • Option Three: Turn On or Off Show Dates in Conversational Format in File Explorer from Column in File Explorer


    EXAMPLE: "Show dates in conversational format" turned on and off in File Explorer
    Turn On or Off Friendly Dates in Windows 10 File Explorer-show_dates_in_conversational_format-.jpg Turn On or Off Friendly Dates in Windows 10 File Explorer-show_dates_in_conversational_format-off.jpg






    OPTION ONE

    Turn On or Off Show Dates in Conversational Format in File Explorer using Folder Options


    1. Open Folder Options.

    2. Click/tap on the View tab, check (default) or uncheck Use friendly dates in "Advanced settings" for what you want, and click/tap on OK. (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off Friendly Dates in Windows 10 File Explorer-use_friendly_dates.jpg






    OPTION TWO

    Turn On or Off Show Dates in Conversational Format in File Explorer using a REG file



    The downloadable .reg files below will modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced

    FriendlyDates DWORD

    0 = Off
    1 = On



    1. Do step 2 (on) or step 3 (off) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Turn On Show Dates in Conversational Format in File Explorer

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_ON_Show_dates_in_conversational_format_in_File_Explorer.reg

    Download


     3. To Turn Off Show Dates in Conversational Format in File Explorer

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Turn_OFF_Show_dates_in_conversational_format_in_File_Explorer.reg

    Download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. If File Explorer is currently open, then either refresh (F5) or close and reopen File Explorer to apply.

    8. If you like, you can now delete the downloaded .reg file.






    OPTION THREE

    Turn On or Off Show Dates in Conversational Format in File Explorer from Column in File Explorer


    1. Open File Explorer (Win+E).

    2. While in details view, right click on the Date modified column, and click/tap on Use friendly dates to toggle it on (checked - default) or off (unchecked). (see screenshot below)

    Turn On or Off Friendly Dates in Windows 10 File Explorer-use_friendly_dates.png


    That's it,
    Shawn





  1. Posts : 13,929
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
       #1

    Shawn, there is no Folder Options any more in Control Panel. They renamed it to File Explorer Options. AT least on my 18346.1 Fast Track VM. Not sure when this happened.

    Edit:
    It's called File Explorer Options on my 1809 17763.348 system too.
    Edit#2: In Option One you call it Folder Options, every where else you call it File Explorer.

    Turn On or Off Friendly Dates in Windows 10 File Explorer-image.png
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  2. Posts : 61,463
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Hello Rich,

    If you open it from File Explorer instead, it's still called "Folder Options".

    Both names are interchangeable since they're for the same thing.

    It would be nice if it was more consistent across Windows 10.
      My Computers


  3. Posts : 13,929
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
       #3

    Well I'll be dipped! That's just plain silly. I thought sure I had you on that one.

    Thanks Shawn
      My Computers


  4. Posts : 61,463
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #4

      My Computers


  5. Posts : 60
    Windows 10 Pro Fast Ring
       #5

    My friendly date format is 31 December 2018. My date format for everything else (clock, Region Control Panel) is December 31, 2018. How do I change 5h3 friendly date format? Thanks
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  6. Posts : 13,929
    Windows 10 Pro X64 21H1 19043.1503
       #6

    My friendly date is formatted the same as all my other dates and I didn't do anything special to make that happen:

    Turn On or Off Friendly Dates in Windows 10 File Explorer-image.png
      My Computers


  7. Posts : 27
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 2004 Build 20180.1000
       #7

    Hello, thanks for this tutorial.
    The only option I was able to employ was the registry key addition, the other two didn't work because the "use friendly dates" option didn't appear. Even after modifying the registry as described above, the date format did not change nor did the "use friendly dates" options appear in explorer. My hunch is this date format is either only available on touch enabled or x86 based PCs or there are other registry keys involved that govern whether or not the option appears. I want to use friendly dates but I can't enable it despite tweaking the registry. I did notice you stated: "Show dates in conversational format (IF AVAILABLE)" above so I'm wondering if there's any way to get friendly dates to appear on my specific machine despite the option not being available. Thanks in advance for any assistance.

    Windows os information:
    windows 10 home
    x64
    version: 1903
    build: 18362.53
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  8. Posts : 61,463
    64-bit Windows 11 Pro for Workstations
    Thread Starter
       #8

    Hello lowestprime, and welcome to Ten Forums.

    The Friendly Dates feature is part of the A/B testing for Insiders. Not all Insiders will have this feature available yet.
      My Computers


  9. Posts : 27
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 2004 Build 20180.1000
       #9

    Thank you!
    I'm currently set to the release preview insider setting.
    Any idea when/if we might get this option?
    and if not, how we might enable it anyway?
    also what does "A/B" stand for?
      My Computer


 

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