When you reset a computer, transfer data from one system to another or change attributes of files, the date modified changes to the date when the reset, transfer or attributes were changed. It loses the “creation date.” That can cause problems if you are used to looking at files by date created to work on or review the latest letter or data. Without the date created information you will need to open each document until you find the latest iteration. That can be a painful process.
There is an inexpensive program called “File Date Corrector” that can re-impose the created date to most files. It costs, as of this writing, $22 US. You can download the software and test it first to see if your file type can be corrected.
Once complete, you will then open the folders where the data is stored and add the Date Created column to show when the file was first created. To add that column you will need to right click on the bar across the top of the window where you see the other column headings, (date modified, file name, etc), and check the option for Date Created. The column will now appear and show the dates when the files were created. Click the column title to sort as desired.
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