Find files by date modified in Windows

Updated: 02/07/2022 by Computer Hope
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Using the date modified feature in the Windows File Explorer lets you find any files that were modified on a specific date or over a range of dates. Using this tip is helpful for anyone who lost a file but knows when they last made edits.

How to find the date of modified files

  1. Press the Windows key+E on the keyboard to open File Explorer.
  2. On the left side-scrolling menu, select the drive or folder that you want to view the last modified date(s) (A) for the contents.

File Explorer in Windows 10.

  1. On the right side of the screen, type datemodified: (make sure to include the colon) in the search box (B).
Note

To find files modified on a specific date or between two specific dates, see the Find files by specific date or date range section below.

  1. Once done, all the current drive/folder contents are sorted by the last modified date, from most recent to oldest.
  2. After typing "datemodified:" in the search box, you can click the Date Modified button (A) in the top-center menu to select a range of dates (B).

Last Date Modified

Find files by specific date or date range

If you want to find files modified on a specific date or between two dates, add a date or date range in step 3 above. For example, you can type the following to find files modified on a specific date.

datemodified:1/15/2022

In the example search string above, the search results would show any files modified on January 15, 2022. Enter any date after datemodified: using the mm/dd/yyyy format to search for any files modified on the desired date.

To find files modified between two dates, you can type the following.

datemodified:1/1/2022 .. 2/1/2022

In this example, any files modified between January 1, 2022, and February 1, 2022, are displayed in the search results. Enter any two dates after datemodified: using the mm/dd/yyyy format, separated by a space, two periods, and another space, to find files modified in a specific date range.