Word 2013 - Manually Changing Timestamp on a file

Hey Everyone,

I have a Word document (a resume) which I created on 4/1/15. The title is (roughly). "Tech Writer Resume 4-1-15".  The other day, I accidentally saved it (after making a change and undoing the change). Accordingly, the timestamp is now dated 5/12/15. I'd much rather it revert to 4/1/15 so that it appears in date order when I sort my file list by date...and so that when I attach it to an email, the date also appears as 4/1.

Without doing something like backing out my system date to 4/1 and then saving the file, is there a workaround for this issue?

Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAsked:
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Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
Yup. Use Nirsoft's excellent utility Bulk File Changer: http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/bulk_file_changer.html

PS: don't try to install the utility. Simply download and run.

Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thanks, Dan, but I generally try to avoid downloading third-party software...I can't risk viruses or malware. Any other solutions come to mind?

Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
Yes, but nowhere near that simple. BTW, Nirsoft is a reputable company with plenty of widely used free scripts.

That being said, enter the wonderful world of Powershell. Open a PS console and type:
$a = Get-Item X:\path\to\file.docx
$a.LastWriteTime = "4/1/15"

Open in new window

LE: tested and it works using a variable

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Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Very nice! So, now it set the time to 12:00AM. Is there a way to change that as well?
Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
Find the file in Windows Explorer and right click, select properties.

One of the tabs in the Properties window should be Previous Versions; there may be the correct version that you are looking for in this list.

Rob H
Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
>>Is there a way to change that as well?


$a.LastWriteTime = "4/1/15 3:15 PM"
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
Thank you, Dan. I'm good to go.

Rob: I think you may have misunderstood my question. I was looking to change the timestamp, not retrieve a previous version. That said, in 8.1, I did not see a PREVIOUS VERSIONS tab in Properties.....Thanks anyway.

Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
You're welcome.

Glad I could help!
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:

JSYK: I had occasion to need to change a timestamp again. Having forgotten how to do it, I felt very glad I could find your useful solution.

Thanks again!!
Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
You're welcome again :)
Rob HensonFinance AnalystCommented:
BTW  the previous version option when available keeps the date and timestamp even if the filename doesn't change. So strictly speaking version probably isn't correct word, a save history would be better description. If you don't see it in Properties I think you have to do a config setting to determine time/frequency of save. Company I worked at a few years ago had it set for every three hours. So if you came in one morning, did lots of work but then realised you'd messed up, you could restore to copy as was first thing in the morning. If you want to keep the work, save with a different name and then restore incorrect file from previous version.
Stephen KairysTechnical Writer - ConsultantAuthor Commented:
I think I was not clear in my question. Not a case of continually updating the same (physical) document.

It's a new version of my resume. The filename always includes a timestamp e.g.
StephenKairys-Tech Writer Resume 11-6-15
StephenKairys Tech Writer Resume 10-2-15
These are DIFFERENT files.

For the first example, I saved it on 11/9 but wanted the date/time to reflect 11/6 for consistency's sake. :)

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