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Lesson 11. Understanding File Properties... > File Creation Date and Time

File Creation Date and Time

When you first save a file, Windows automatically records the date and time that you saved it. When you open the file again and make changes, the date and time you save it are again recorded as the modified date. You can see the modified date in the Details view of My Computer (as shown in Figure 11.1) or the Windows Explorer.

You need to know the modified date to determine which file is the most recent. Backup programs use that information to determine which files have been modified since the last back up. Also, if you know the date you last modified a file but can't remember the name, you can search for that file by date. The date and time are dependent on the system clock, so be sure to set yours for the correct time (set by selecting the Date/Time icon in the Control Panel, explained in Lesson 14, "Using the Control Panel" ).


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