Looking for a tool to change a file's modified date which works from inside File Explorer context menu. I am aware of external tools like BulkFileChanger but I want to right click on a file and make the change.


This one is freeware, and will change what you need plus various attributes that users don't normally have access to:

  Attribute Changer

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    Can be found in your file's context menu after install.
    – amenthes
    Jan 30 '15 at 0:02

You can use File Date Touch - Windows version of UNIX touch command

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    Welcome to superuser.com, Neil! Does 'File Date Touch' really work from within the context menu, or is it a separate utility? Also, does it have different functionality / benefits over the suggestion in the accepted answer?
    – einpoklum
    Apr 4 '13 at 21:12
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    @einpoklum I can answer that - yes it does have benefits - it DOESN'T show in context menu :) which I find great. Google has redirected me to this question, but on the other hand, I was looking for precisely this answer! Thanks Neil.
    – Aleks
    Oct 27 '13 at 16:01

I know its probably too late to answer this, but apparently this http://stefanstools.sourceforge.net/SKTimeStamp.html does exactly what OP wanted:

SKTimeStamp is a very simple shell extension which adds a new tab to the Explorer properties dialog. On that new tab, you can change the file/folder date and time.

Available for x86 and x64 Windows systems.


You can change the create date from the command line. You must first change the system clock date, then open a command prompt window at the current working directory, and issue the command:

copy /b [filename] + ,,

This uses the concatenation directive with the binary (/b) switch, basically copying the file to itself and incidentally setting the create date of the "new" file to the current system clock.

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    This does not answer the question, which explicitly insists on an answer that works inside File Explorer.
    – Kazark
    Apr 22 '13 at 16:39
  • I was just looking for a way to change the mtime on a file and this method worked great for me. Jan 14 '14 at 18:05
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    This does not answer the question, but the OP might find it useful -- there are lots of reasons why a question might not be phrased in exactly the way that leads to useful information -- and others, like me, looking for answers, might also find it useful.
    – user184411
    Oct 22 '16 at 22:40
  • For some reason this didn't quite work for me, but doing copy /b [filename] [new_filename] did. Also I had to use cmd instead of powershell. Thanks
    – Taran
    Nov 27 '17 at 10:39

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