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Will the date of a photo change when adding it to a folder?

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I have never save my photos into folders and want to do this.  However, I do not want to lose the original date the photo was taken.  Please tell me if it will keep the original date.  Thank you!  I do not know how to find your answer(s) so here is my email.  email address removed for privacy reasons

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While OneDrive doesn't, there are other processes running plus human actions which may alter the date

I recommend adding the date (in YYYYMMDD format) to the file name. Also some image types have internal metadata like EXIF (look it up) that records important date-time info as provided by the image capture device. BMP and GIF are examples of file types that don't have this metadata.

@Seabuck2 It is so annoying! I sync Google Photos and Onedrive. I also save photos to my laptops Onedrive folder. The photo date will change to the uploaded date when saving to Onedrive Photos. I just had to manually change the DATE on Onedrive Photos so that my photos would be displayed as Date Taken and easier to find. Clearly my photo was 20070701 but it drops into Onedrive as 20240314! Now the photos that "uploaded" as todays date are now in the correct location on Onedrive as 2007. I do what Mike said but it is time consuming and I !haven't found a method to change the DATE on multiple photos. Atleast Google Photos has an option to change Date/Time and the photos are correct date taken when scolling through photos. Also remember that if you change a file name of the photo Onedrive will save it as that, not overwrite so you may end up with many duplicates that will also appear on Google Drive if you sync to that. LOL. I'm working through a mess! Screenshot 2024-03-14 153904.png

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@Seabuck2 I found a solution!
Right click on the photo in the File Explorer location (you can choose multiple photos), choose Properties, select Details, click Date Taken, change the date to correct date (or near estimate). Photos will show as correct date but the time cannot be changed. If you selected multiple photos the time will be the same on all (you can go into Onedrive Photos and edit the time) I name my photos by YMD so easy to know what date to use. Now my photos are the correct year on Onedrive by actual date taken! 

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@CharmaineKavanagh THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELPING ME!

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best response confirmed by Seabuck2 (Copper Contributor)
Solution

@Seabuck2 I found a solution!
Right click on the photo in the File Explorer location (you can choose multiple photos), choose Properties, select Details, click Date Taken, change the date to correct date (or near estimate). Photos will show as correct date but the time cannot be changed. If you selected multiple photos the time will be the same on all (you can go into Onedrive Photos and edit the time) I name my photos by YMD so easy to know what date to use. Now my photos are the correct year on Onedrive by actual date taken! 

Screenshot 2024-03-14 165357.pngScreenshot 2024-03-14 165529.png

 

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