Turn on or off conventional File Explorer date format in Windows 10 19H1

Today, in this article, we will discuss on how to turn on or off conventional File Explorer date format in Windows 10 19H1. The sole role of doing this is to sort out a new or modified file/ folder among huge data. This tool is essentially very helpful to those who are interested in approx. time of data modification instead of knowing the exact time. Take an example- earlier where it shows something like 3/4/2019: 9:29 AM, it will now simply display 6 years ago. Isn’t it great!

Anyways, Windows users will now have access to both i.e. Turn on or off traditional File Explorer date format on their System. Windows 10 19H1 release date is nearby and it is going to bring lots of new improvements, changes, and fixes as well. By default, when you open File Explorer, you see several details such as file type, its size, date modification, etc. With Windows 10 1903, you can avail this “Friendly Date” option right in your File Explorer. It’s up to you to restore conventional or continue with the new date format. Let’s move to explore this in detail-

Turn on or off conventional File Explorer date format

Here we will guide two different ways to enable or disable this new configuration in File explorer.

1. Turn on or off friendly date using Folder options

To user-friendly date format in File Explorer, follow these steps-

  • At first, press Win logo and E to launch File Explorer app.
  • When the page appears up, tap View tab and double click on Options button.
  • On the succeeding window, click again on View tab and mark against Use friendly dates under Advanced settings.
  • If you wish to continue using the conventional date format, simply un-mark this checkbox.

File Explorer date format

  • At last, click Apply and OK button to confirm the changes.
  • Once you have performed this procedure, close the current window and see whether the new date format gets activated on your PC or not.
  • In certain situations, this doesn’t activate. If you face similar trouble, try next workaround.

2. Turn on or off friendly date format using File Explorer

  • Go to System tray and hit File Explorer icon. Alternatively, you can press Win+E to quickly open this desktop app.
  • Now on the new window, open a folder thereafter make a right-click on the Date column.
  • Here you will see a list of options on the context menu, uncheck/check Use friendly dates checkbox.

File Explorer date format

Note: By default, it is set as enabled. In case, you want to disable this feature, just un-mark the checkbox.

  • Once the task is finished, the files and folder date is set to use a friendly date format.

3. Turn on or off friendly date format using Registry Editor

Alternatively, you can also restore conventional File Explorer Date Format using Registry Editor. To perform this task, you have to follow these steps-

  • Press Win & R hotkey together to launch Run dialog. Here in text box, type regedit.exe then tap OK to go ahead.
  • If UAC prompt appears up, hit Yes to access Registry Editor.
  • Now on the pop-up window, navigate to the following path-
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced
  • Thereafter move to the right pane on the same page and open FriendlyDates registry key.

Note: In case this key value doesn’t exist here, you can manually create the same. To create a new DWORD value, follow the highlighted step written below-

  • Right-click a blank area on right pane and select > New > DWORD (32-bit) Value > FriendlyDates.
  • Again to enable or Disable “Friendly Date” put its value as per your choice.
  • By default, it is set to 1 which implies that this option is enabled.
Value 0 = Disabled
Value 1 = Enabled
  • When you have inserted the desired value, the configuration of files will change accordingly.
  • Reboot your PC to save the changes made so far come into effect.

Note: In case you are not able to avail this feature on your system, make sure that you are using Windows 10 19H1 or newer version.