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I'm trying to figure out exactly when I created a file. Windows 7 thinks I don't know how to subtract two times, and tells me it was created "1 hour ago." I need a little more detail than this, but I can't seem to find a setting to toggle this "feature" off.

Example below:

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You can also enable the Date Created column in Explorer:

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  • This is great. Obviously it'd be nice to have it in my prompt, but this eliminates the need to open the prompt at all. Can't believe I didn't think of this.
    – corsiKa
    Jul 12, 2012 at 21:22
  • Which prompt? The command-prompt? If you want the created date to be displayed in the command-prompt by default instead of the modified date, then you can [create] the dircmd environment variable (or just set it temporarily with the set command): dircmd=/TC
    – Synetech
    Jul 12, 2012 at 21:26
  • Prompt is the wrong word. I meant the dialog in the screenshot above.
    – corsiKa
    Jul 12, 2012 at 21:27
  • Ah, okay. Unfortunately in Windows Vista and up, they "simplified" a lot of aspects of the UI (for who knows what reason). As such, they just don't show the information that people want like they did in XP (the Properties dialog in XP does show the full timestamp).
    – Synetech
    Jul 12, 2012 at 21:32
  • ClassicShell is a shell-extension for Windows 7 that reverts a lot of functionality to that of XP, but unfortunately this is not currently one of them, though you could request it.
    – Synetech
    Jul 12, 2012 at 21:35
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Found this interesting question on the subject: Windows 7, file properties, date modified, how do you show seconds?

In my opinion, extending the properties window with something like SKTimeStamp is easier than opening the shell every time (see the bottom 2 screenshots in their google code site).

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  • I suppose I could get a shell extension. I definitely wouldn't want to open the command prompt every time I want to see the create time... Still frustrating to see a regression for the sake of "usability"
    – corsiKa
    Jul 12, 2012 at 21:34
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You always have the option of using the dir /T command in the command prompt. Shows exact time and dates.

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  • You want the 'C' version of T (so to speak)
    – James
    Jul 12, 2012 at 21:17
  • I like it, but when I have the info right in front of me, I'd rather not go to the command prompt for it... I mean it's right there!
    – corsiKa
    Jul 12, 2012 at 21:23
  • It does not. It only shows the time to the minute, not to the second. Mar 26, 2015 at 14:10
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I found XDir, a command line utility. http://download.cnet.com/XDir/3000-2248_4-10508433.html . You can decide what file properties are listed.

e.g.

XDir L:\luajit-2.0\src* "/Form=*f *O *o *d *t"

that shows a filename , creation date and modification date exactly

L:\luajit-2.0\src\lib_base.c 31/05/2015 12:20:46 31/05/2015 12:20:46
L:\luajit-2.0\src\lib_bit.c 31/05/2015 12:20:46 31/05/2015 12:20:46
L:\luajit-2.0\src\lib_debug.c 31/05/2015 12:20:46 31/05/2015 12:20:46
L:\luajit-2.0\src\lib_ffi.c 31/05/2015 12:20:46 31/05/2015 12:20:46
L:\luajit-2.0\src\lib_init.c 31/05/2015 12:20:46 31/05/2015 12:20:46
L:\luajit-2.0\src\lib_io.c 31/05/2015 12:20:48 31/05/2015 12:20:48
L:\luajit-2.0\src\lib_jit.c 31/05/2015 12:20:48 31/05/2015 12:20:48
L:\luajit-2.0\src\lib_math.c 31/05/2015 12:20:48 31/05/2015 12:20:48
L:\luajit-2.0\src\lib_os.c 31/05/2015 12:20:48 31/05/2015 12:20:48
L:\luajit-2.0\src\lib_package.c 31/05/2015 12:20:48 31/05/2015 12:20:48
L:\luajit-2.0\src\lib_string.c 31/05/2015 12:20:48 31/05/2015 12:20:48
L:\luajit-2.0\src\lib_table.c 31/05/2015 12:20:48 31/05/2015 12:20:48
L:\luajit-2.0\src\lj.supp 31/05/2015 12:20:48 31/05/2015 12:20:48
L:\luajit-2.0\src\ljamalg.c 31/05/2015 12:21:00 31/05/2015 12:21:00
L:\luajit-2.0\src\lj_alloc.c 31/05/2015 12:20:48 31/05/2015 12:20:48
L:\luajit-2.0\src\lj_alloc.h 31/05/2015 12:20:48 31/05/2015 12:20:48
L:\luajit-2.0\src\lj_api.c 31/05/2015 12:20:48 31/05/2015 12:20:48
L:\luajit-2.0\src\lj_arch.h 31/05/2015 12:20:48 31/05/2015 12:20:48

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