Stop SharePoint et al using "friendly" file times

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Stop SharePoint et al using "friendly" file times

Post by Enjay »

A bit of a random one, but my googling has let me down and I wondered if someone here might know.

SharePoint, and some other Microsoft products try to be friendly and helpful when displaying file dates and times by using "natural English". Instead of just displaying the actual time that a file was created/modified, it might say something like "a few seconds ago", "about an hour ago", "yesterday", "Friday", etc. etc.

Frankly, I find that both useless and insulting. Just tell me the actual time the file was last modified. I will know how recent it was from that information, and I will have exact data to work with. I don't need Sharepoint to be "friendly" and thereby obfuscate potentially useful information. The program obviously "knows" the file time and is using that information to generate these friendly terms. So it's doing extra work just to hide information that i might want. What does "about an hour ago" even mean? What if I have several files that were modified "about an hour ago"; which one is oldest, how much time is there between their creation times?

So, does anyone know how to switch that nonsense off and get SharePoint etc. to use actual file times? I can't find it in the options myself.
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Re: Stop SharePoint et al using "friendly" file times

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I got no idea, it's really beyond stupid but you know how hard it is to fight idiots.
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Re: Stop SharePoint et al using "friendly" file times

Post by yum13241 »

Try hovering over the date? Idunno, I have no idea.

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