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How to Search for Files Created Between Two Dates in Windows

Windows Search’s Advanced Query Syntax (AQS) can be used to narrow or pinpoint your searches in Windows. Searches can be narrowed by file type, kind, file property, file extension, date, and other parameters.

This post tells you how to use Windows Search to find files created, accessed, or modified within a given date range, in all versions of Windows, including Windows 10.

Search for files & folders in a given date range

To search for files and folders modified between two given dates, use this query syntax:

datemodified:‎4/‎1/‎2019 .. ‎4/‎15/‎2019

or

datemodified:>=‎4/‎1/‎2019<=‎4/‎15/‎2019

This lists files modified from April 1 → April 15, 2019.

How did I know that query string, and how to use GUI to select a date range?

In the Search box, type one of these query syntaxes:

date:
datemodified:
dateaccessed:
datecreated:
datetaken:

datetaken: is for your photos taken from a camera. Windows Search queries the Date field from the file’s EXIF info.

Once you type that, you’ll be presented with the date picker dialog box which looks like this:

Date Picker does not pop up?

The date picker (calendar) may not appear in Windows 10 version 1909 and higher, due to the introduction of a new Search box/UI. However, you can revert to the old search behavior using the Mach2 utility by Rafael Rivera.

https://twitter.com/WithinRafael/status/1222258919021498368

Instructions to restore the Classic Search in Windows 10

  1. Download the mach2 tool from its official GitHub page. Make sure you download the correct file, depending upon the bitness (32 vs 64 bit) of your Windows.
  2. Extract the ZIP archive to a folder — e.g., d:\mach2.
  3. Open Command Prompt as Administrator.
  4. Go to the folder that contains your copy of the mach2 tool. E.g.
    cd /d d:\mach2
  5. Type the following command:
    mach2 disable 18755234
  6. Restart Windows 10.

In this dialog, select the start date → Hold the Shift key down → select the end date. This creates a date range.

You can also use Shift with the arrow keys ( ← ↓→ ↑) on your keyboard to select a date range.

To go back to the earlier years, click on the month in the date picker.

Or go even another level up, month-wise.

And further up, year-wise:

One of the 8 preset options can also be selected, via the Date Modified ribbon control or via the date picker interface:

Once you select a date range, the corresponding query string is populated in the search box. For example:

datemodified:‎4/‎1/‎2016 .. ‎4/‎15/‎2016

You can also find files modified between two given dates using the following syntax:

datemodified:>=5/1/2019<=5/15/2019

Examples:

To find files that were created between two dates, use the datecreated: operator.

datecreated:>=5/1/2019<=5/15/2019

To only find text documents (.txt) that were created or modified after a certain date (5/1/2019), you use:

datemodified:>5/1/2019 ext:.txt

AQS Search by date syntax

Search Criteria Advanced Query Syntax
Created before an exact date datecreated:5/2/2019
Created within a date range datecreated:2/1/2019..5/3/2019
Created before a specific date datecreated:<2/1/2019
Created after a specific date datecreated:>2/1/2019
Created prior to the current year datecreated:a long time ago
Created within the current year datecreated:this year
Created within the current month datecreated:this month
Created within the current week datecreated:this week
Created yesterday datecreated:yesterday
Created today datecreated:today

To find modified files within a date range use datemodified: instead of the datecreator: operator. To find files accessed in a date range, use dateaccessed:

“Earlier” search query

Other than this you can even use some vague operators such as:

datemodified:Earlier this month
datemodified:Earlier this year

When I used the Earlier this month query, it listed out files from the 1st week of the month (and today is 15th of the month). The search results of the "Earlier this" search query is relative to the current day, week, or the month. This means that running the same query at the end of the month may fetch files created or modified till the mid-month or the 3rd week.

You can combine or mix and match as many operators as you can, to refine the search results based on file type, name, size, attributes, etc., per your requirement.

For more information about the Advanced Query Syntax, read post Advanced Query Syntax at the Microsoft Docs website.

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