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sort file by difference between 'date created' and 'date modified' ?

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I have several hundred pdf files, some of which I have edited with text highlights.
The highlighted files will have different creation and modification dates.
Is there any way to search for files which have a difference between their creation and modification ?

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Difference between "date created" and "date modified"

by michealethan234 In reply to sort file by difference b ...

For most files it looks like the "Date" field is a duplicate to the "Date Created" field.
However, if the file is an image and contains EXIF information then the "Date" field pertains to the EXIF date assigned to the image. Typically a camera will assign this field when a photo is taken. If the image does not contain EXIF information, then again -Windows appears to simply display the "Date Created" in place of "Date".
There may be other file types that contain meta data for date information, but I am not familiar with such cases.
"Date Modified"/"Date Created" pertain to the file itself, these can change if you modify the file in any way, or if you create a new copy of the file. Note that in either of these instances the EXIF date field can stay the same.
Also note that the EXIF date field is less likely to be changed as you share/move the file around operating systems and services, where as the "Date Modified"/"Date Created" are more likely to change in such scenarios.
As far as modifying the EXIF date, you can do that using perl or many other freely available tools. Heck, you can even do it in the Windows 7 explorer "properties" dialog:

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sort file by date created' and 'date modified'

by Monicadawson123 In reply to sort file by difference b ...

Find files by date modified in Windows
Using datemodified: in Windows File Explorer in Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 allows you to find any files that have been modified by a date of your choice. Using this tip can be helpful for anyone who has lost a file but know when they last modified the file. Follow the steps below to get the date or date range window shown in the picture.
Open the Windows File Explorer
In the search box, in the top right corner of the window type datemodified:
After datemodified: has been typed the "Select a date or date range" window will appear, select the date or date range for when you believe the file was last modified.
Depending on the dates this search may take a few seconds to a minute to complete.
What if you want to search for files that are newer than a defined date? Windows 7 advanced search can help us narrow down the search both quickly and easily.

There are two parts, you can either search by file date or file size. Both are helpful in narrowing down to the exact files that are needed. What most users don’t know is that you can use less-than(&lt or greater than(&gt signs in Windows Explorer Search.

Search By Date
To search between any two dates, click the first date and drag the mouse to the second date. It will become:

datemodified:[first date] .. [second date]

search between two dates
To search for files before or after a specific date, use the operators < or > before the date. They will become:

datemodified:<[date] (To search for files before a date)

datemodified:date] (To search for files after a date)

where [date] is any date. Note that there should be no spaces between operators, signs, and the date.

date modified

Search By File Size
By default it will show you a list of choices to choose from but sadly there is no way to customize these choices. It might require hacking of registry.

Search by sizeTo search for files that are greater or less than a file size, we will put < and > before the file size. They will become:

size:<100MB (Search for all files that are less than 100MB)

size:>100MB (Search for all files that are greater than 100MB)

you can use either KB, MB, or GB. You can also use decimals, such as, 1.5MB.

size less than
The above mentioned search operators can be used in Windows Vista as well. I am not sure if they would work with Windows XP too.

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