Find files by date modified in Windows

Updated: 11/26/2018 by Computer Hope

Using the date modified feature in Windows File Explorer allows you to find any files that have been modified on a specific date or over a range of dates. Using this tip can be helpful for anyone who had lost a file, but knows when they last modified it.

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 in which you'd like to view dates (1).

The File Explorer in Windows 10.

  1. Then, on the right side of the screen, type datemodified: (make sure to include the colon) into the search box (2).
  2. You should see a menu appear that is similar to the one shown below.

The date modified menu in Windows.

  1. From here, you have a few options:
  • View a single day - Navigate to the day you're interested in and click it.
  • View a range within a month - Click and hold down your left mouse button on the starting date, and then drag your mouse cursor to the ending date.
  • View a range over a long period - If you need information that spans more than one month or year, you utilize a specific format in the search box. As an example, if you'd like to view the modified dates between October 13, 2018, and November 10, 2018, you would type: datemodified:‎10/31/‎2018 .. ‎11/10/‎2018 exactly as it is written there, and then press Enter.

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