FolderItem.ModifyDate property

For a file, sets or gets the date and time that it was last modified. For a folder, retrieves the date and time that a folder was last modified, but cannot set it.

This property is read/write.


iModifyDate = FolderItem.ModifyDate
FolderItem.ModifyDate = iModifyDate

Property value

Date that specifies or receives the date and time that the item was last modified.


The following example uses ModifyDate to retrieve the last modified date of Notepad and then reset it to a very long time ago. Proper usage is shown for JScript, VBScript, and Visual Basic.


<script language="JScript">
    function fnModifyDateGetSetJ()
        var objShell = new ActiveXObject("shell.application");
        var objFolder2;
        var ssfWINDOWS = 36;
        objFolder2 = objShell.NameSpace(ssfWINDOWS);
        if (objFolder2 != null)
            var objFolderItem;
            objFolderItem = objFolder2.ParseName("NOTEPAD.EXE");
            if (objFolderItem != null)
                var szReturn;
                szReturn = objFolderItem.ModifyDate;
                objFolderItem.ModifyDate = "01/01/1900 6:05:00 PM";


<script language="VBScript">
    function fnModifyDateGetSetVB()
        dim objShell
        set objShell = CreateObject("shell.application")
        if (not objShell is nothing) then
            dim objFolder2
            dim ssfWINDOWS
            ssfWINDOWS = 36
            set objFolder2 = objShell.NameSpace(ssfWINDOWS)
            if (not objFolder2 is nothing) then
                dim objFolderItem
                set objFolderItem = objFolder2.ParseName("NOTEPAD.EXE")
                if (not objFolderItem is nothing) then
                    dim szReturn
                    szReturn = objFolderItem.ModifyDate
                    objFolderItem.ModifyDate = "01/01/1900 6:05:00 PM"
                end if
                set objFolderItem = nothing
            end if
            set objFolder2 = nothing
        end if
        set objShell = nothing
    end function

Visual Basic:

Private Sub fnModifyDateGetSetVB()
    Dim objShell   As Shell
    Dim objFolder2 As Folder2
    Dim ssfWINDOWS As Long
    ssfWINDOWS = 36
    Set objShell = New Shell
    Set objFolder2 = objShell.NameSpace(ssfWINDOWS)
        If (Not objFolder2 Is Nothing) Then
            Dim objFolderItem As FolderItem
            Set objFolderItem = objFolder2.ParseName("NOTEPAD.EXE")
                If (Not objFolderItem Is Nothing) Then
                    Dim szReturn As String
                    szReturn = objFolderItem.ModifyDate
                    objFolderItem.ModifyDate = "01/01/1900 6:05:00 PM"
                    'FolderItem object returned nothing.
                End If
            Set objFolderItem = Nothing
            'Folder object returned nothing.
        End If
    Set objFolder2 = Nothing
    Set objShell = Nothing
End Sub


Minimum supported client

Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP [desktop apps only]

Minimum supported server

Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]






Shell32.dll (version 4.71 or later)