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    file properties in XL

    When looking at properties of some of my files I created with WordPad, the "modified" date is * earlier * than the "created" date. Is this (1) an old problem that everyone knows about and I'm just discovering or (2) am I doing something wrong?

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    How much earlier? A few seconds? Or hours/days?

    I think that when WordPad saves a file that is creates a new file, deletes the old, and moves the "created" date of the old file to the new file.

    Note the implication here that applications are free to change any of the dates associated with a file. Usually file copy utilities, backup utilities, and the like attempt to retain the modified and created dates. But things can get screwed up, especially with a sloppily-written application. It might be necessary to actually watch you change/save files and observer the date/time settings both before and afterwards to determine what is really going on.

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    If you have copied the files from somewhere else (using a usb stick or similar), they will have the modified attributes from the original machine, but the created attribute will be local to the new machine. For example:

    Create a file on PC1 on January 1st: File properties on PC1 show Created January 1st, modified January 1st
    Copy the file to PC2 on February 1st: File properties on PC2 show Created February 1st, modified January 1st

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