Folder Date Modified changed when Office Document Accessed

Hi,

One of my clients just brought up to me that on a file server there are a number of folders with today's date stamp but no one's modified the actual folder itself and in a couple of cases the only document in the folder is a document or PDF that was put in there last week.

Baffled I went to experiment and specifically every time you open a Word or Excel file in that folder it changes the date modified of the senior folder to right now. In one instance this occured with a PDF file (PDF program was Nitro PDF), otherwise PDFs don't seem to cause this issue. The computer has Office 2010 Starter Edition.

I then tried this on my personal workstation which has Office 2010 Pro - trying it on local folders (not a network folder) I get the same results, just opening an excel or word doc will then change the "date modified" stamp on the parent folder.

I've never noticed this before  - really I haven't looked as it didn't matter to me.

Is this normal or is there something I can do to fix this? Is this specific to Office 2010?

Both computers are Windows 7 64bit.

Thanks, Jonathan
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Phillip BurtonDirector, Practice Manager and Computing ConsultantCommented:
This is normal.

Using Filecats Explore, I've just opened an Excel document and have sorted by both Date Modified, and I see that the Date modified (and Date Accessed) of the folder has changed, but none of the files' attributes have changed.

Filecats Explore - Date Modified of Folder
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RFVDBAuthor Commented:
Than's for the quick answer. I've never really looked at this until a client brought it up - funny bug in Microsoft Office and Explorer I'd have to say.
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