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Windows 7: Contradictory file dates in Windows 7 File Explorer when I use search

05 Jan 2017   #1
win7user9

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit Service Pack 1
 
 
Contradictory file dates in Windows 7 File Explorer when I use search

Contradictory file dates in Windows 7 File Explorer when I use "Search My Documents" with *.docx

I modified a Word file earlier today. When I view the file in File Explorer the correct file date/time is displayed, however when I search for Word files by entering *.docx in the "Search My Documents" box (in upper right hand side of the File Explorer window) all Word files are displayed but this file shows a very different and contradictory date/time. The date/time in this case happens to be is 5 days earlier a date/time consistent with when I worked on it last week instead of when I modified it today. And yes, there is no question about this being the same file.

This is not just a one time occurrence or a one folder situation. In File Explorer for other files in other folders this same contradictory dating situation occurs. Namely; a file with the latest modified date/time shows the wrong date/time when it is searched for using the "Search My Documents" feature in File Explorer. I cannot say whether this situation is restricted only to Word files, but that is only where I have always encountered it because I work with Word files a lot.

This has detrimentally affected me because one time I thought I had totally lost an important file and beganworking again with an older and obsolete version of the file and had to redo a lot of work.

What is the cause of this? Is this a known bug?


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05 Jan 2017   #2
GEWB

Linux (Mint is primary) / XP, Win7 Home / Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Win10 archived VM
 
 

The Windows Index needs to be rebuilt. Better yet, if you have a fast computer you can turn indexing off so you don't get bitten by this "service". You can also use a different search program such as Ultra File Search.

To rebuild the index, open:
  1. Control Panel > All Control Panel Items
  2. Click on Indexing Options
  3. Click the Advanced button
  4. Click the Rebuild button

Regards,
GEWB
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