Whenever you create and store files on your computer, the modification and creation times of files and folders are embedded as time stamps in the respected item’s Properties. Windows, by default, does not let you modify these time stamps, without making changes to the files. To make the change, you need to alter the file in some way or the other as you make a change, the time stamp also gets updated. But it does not mean that it’s not plausible without modification. You can use a multitude of different applications to alter this time. One such we found is dtouch. The application is portable and lets you add or remove specific time spans to and from the time stamps of files and folders, without modifying the contents themselves. The application is capable of changing the time stamps of multiple files one go by just dragging and dropping them into the interface. More after the break.
The interface consists of a mini window. It has Select new time stamp at the top where you can choose to Add (+) or Subtract (-) a specified time to time stamps. You can add or subtract four parameters of the existing time stamps i.e. Days, Hours, Minutes and Seconds. Under Apply new time stamp to section, choose either between Last modified time only or Creation time as well, depending which value you want to modify. Drag and drop the required files and folders under Selected files and directories.
To add or subtract time to and from a time stamp, first drag and drop the files and folders into the application. Then, choose if you want to Add or Subtract time and define the total time using the up and down arrows. In the end, select if you want to add or subtract time from Last modified time only or Creation time as well. When everything is set up, click Apply to make your changes.
dtouch is lightweight application with a memory footprint of only 2.5 MB, making it quite small. Its very useful to modify the time stamps of your files without actually modifying them one by one. The application works on all version of Windows, which includes Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7. Testing was done on Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit OS edition.