I have a bunch of PDF invoices in a folder. They are named according to their dates. For example:









I want to sort them by the date. Problem is, when I choose sort by name, it gets sorted numerically, as you can see above.

Is there a way I can have windows sort my invoices according to date?

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    If the "date modified" attribute and the file names "per-se" are in accordance, you may want to sort them by this attribute. – elder elder Oct 6 '14 at 16:07
  • Yeah, problem is they're not in accordance... – Inscrutable Oct 6 '14 at 16:23
  • You can't sort the file names "by date", since a file name is not a date; even if your brain can interpret it as one, the computer can't. ;) – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Oct 6 '14 at 19:51

If you could rename your file for numerically sorting such as YYMMDD (eg 140331.pdf instead of 31-03-14.pdf) it would make things easy.

But if the name is the date, sorting by date should not be a problem...

  • Reversing the date order is quite a good idea. Although I didn't understand what you wrote in the second sentence. – Inscrutable Oct 6 '14 at 16:22
  • 2nd sentence I read it as what I said in my comment. – elder elder Oct 6 '14 at 16:25
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    you wrote: I want to sort them by the date. Problem is, when I choose sort by name. What happens when you sort by date? – KitKatNeko Oct 6 '14 at 17:06
  • Sort by date sorts it by date modified or created; I want to sort them according to the dates on the invoices. – Inscrutable Oct 6 '14 at 20:05

Maybe not the answer you're looking for, but by far the simplest way to get anything to correctly sort by date is to use YYYY-MM-DD format, or YY-MM-DD if you don't need to go back before the year 2000.

Your list would then be...

13-06-28 etc...

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