What's the difference between "date opened" and "date modified?"

Discussion in 'macOS' started by eroxx, May 16, 2011.

  1. eroxx macrumors 6502a

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    I saved a file into a folder that I had not once opened, and yet it said that it was "opened" at the time that I saved it ... Can someone clarify?
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Folders apparently must be "opened" to save something to them.
     
  3. eroxx thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm using hazel to make rules, and that's why I'm wondering the difference ..
     
  4. KlytusLord macrumors regular

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    In folders, think of date opened as actually meaning date accessed. So ANY activity inside a folder will update this date, even copying or moving files. Date modified, of course, would only update on a folder if you were to rename it, for example.
     
  5. eroxx thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  6. stellardream macrumors member

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    With folders, think of it as a closet, you open something to take something in or out. You can't just defy the laws of physics and squeeze something through the closed doors :) With all other files, unless you actually add, delete or modify data, "Modified" isn't going to change.

    Hazel is awesome! :)
     

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