Change file creation date: on Windows, Mac

Change file creation date: on Windows, Mac

Did you know that you can change the creation date of your file on your computer and not only for today's date but for any date. In this article, we will show you how to modify the creation date of files and folders on your PC or Mac. Read on for the step-by-step instructions.

How to modify the file creation date to today?

The easiest option to make your file have today's date is to copy the file, and it will automatically have the new creation date. Then, delete the old file.

How to change the creation date of files using Attribute Changer on PC?

  • Download Attribute Changer.
  • Double-click on ac.exe to install the program.
  • Once installed, the Change Attribute option will be available via the context menu:
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  • Right-click on your folder, then select Change attribute > File Properties.
  • Check Modify date and time stamps.
  • Make your changes and click OK.
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How to change the file creation date on Mac?

To change file timestamps on Mac, you will need to use the Terminal program.

  • Go to Finder > Applications > Utilities > Terminal or simply press cmd and space keys simultaneously, then type "Terminal" and press the Enter key.
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  • Locate the file you'd like to change in Finder.
  • In Terminal, type "touch -m" and space. Next, drag the file from Finder to Terminal and press Enter.
  • Modify the date of the creation using this formula: touch -t YYYYMMDDhhmm, where YYYY – is the year of creation, MM – the month, DD – the day, and hh/mm – hours and minutes.
  • Press Enter to save the changes.
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