How to change the timestamps of any Windows file

by Ross McKillop on June 15, 2009

Windows

This brief tutorial will show you how to change the Created, Modified and Accessed timestamps for any file in Windows.

  1. Start out by downloading and installing SKTimeStamp. The installation is very straight forward – you’ll click ‘Next’ a few times and be done.
  2. Now select a file, right-click it and choose Properties from the menu
  3. On the General tab you can view the Created:, Modified: and Accessed: timestamps (date and time for each attribute). Once you’ve installed SKTimeStamp, a third tab will appear on the Properties window – TimeStamps. Select this tab.
  4. Using the drop-down arrow next to each item (Created:, Last modified: and Last accessed:) you can alter the date for each of attribute. You can also alter the specific time by using the up and down arrows of the ‘time’ section for each item.
  5. Once you’ve made all the changes you want to the file, click the Apply button.
  6. Click OK and once again right-click the file and select Properties. You’ll notice that the time stamps have changed.
  7. If you ever want to quickly update the Modified time stamp of a file to the current day and time, right-click that file, select Properties, select the TimeStamps tab, and then click the Touch button. That will instantly change the Last modified entry to the current day and time.