How to Change the Timestamp of Any Windows file

This brief tutorial will show you how to change the timestamp for the creation, modification and last opened times of any file in Windows.

Please note: even though this guide was initially published back in 2009 and the software hasn’t been updated since 2013 – everything still works today in the latest version of Windows 10 (mid 2021).

  1. Start out by downloading and installing SKTimeStamp (SKTimeStamp64-1.3.4.msi is the 64bit version, SKTimeStamp-1.3.4.msi is the 32bit version – if you need help determining which version of Windows you’re using, click here). 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. the right-click Windows context menu with an arrow pointing at Properties

  4. 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.
  5. Windows File Properties with a TimeStamp tab

  6. 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.
  7. change the timestamp times for a file in Windows

  8. Once you’ve made all the changes you want to the file, click the Apply button.
  9. an arrow pointing to an Apply button

  10. Click OK and once again right-click the file and select Properties. You’ll notice that the time stamps have changed.
  11. 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.
  12. Windows File properties with the timestamp change applied

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3 thoughts on “How to Change the Timestamp of Any Windows file”

  1. To Stephen Ford – since you are running a 64-bit version of Windows – make sure you install the 64 bit version of the tool. I was careless and installed the 32-bit version on a 64-bit OS and I did not see the timestamps tab appear under File / Properties. I decided to re-read the instructions, realised there are two different versions of the install fle – so I uninstalled the 32-bit version and then installed the 64 bit version, and now I do see the timestamps tab – the tool does work as described.

  2. Not so lucky here. In my case there is no Timestamps tab in File Explorer.
    Win 10, 64-bit, v.21H2, build: 19044.1415

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