Find files by date modified in Windows

Windows date modifiedUsing datemodified: in Windows File Explorer in Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 allows you to find any files that have been modified by a date of your choice. Using this tip can be helpful for anyone who has lost a file but know when they last modified the file. Follow the steps below to get the date or date range window shown in the picture.

  1. Open the Windows File Explorer
  2. In the search box, in the top right corner of the window type datemodified:
  3. After datemodified: has been typed the "Select a date or date range" window will appear, select the date or date range for when you believe the file was last modified.
  4. Depending on the dates this search may take a few seconds to a minute to complete.

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