MS Word for Mac File Creation Date changes every time document is viewed on OneDrive/Office 365
This is a particularly annoying bug. Does anyone know if there is a the solution?
I've put a large number of older files I'm currently working on on my Mac into OneDrive. Every time I view/edit one of them using another device with MS 365 connectivity, or OneDrive online, the Creation Date changes to the current date and time.
I'm referring to the creation date of the file itself, the file metadata. It becomes the present date every time it's viewed on a different device.
For instance say I've created a file in August 2012 linked to research that is necessarily date ordered, I put it up on OneDrive, refer to it on my iPhone in the library, on 5th April 2019, and when I look at it again on my Mac the file's metadata is saying it was created on 5th April 2019.
Under normal circumstances it would be the Date Modified and Last Viewed that would change not the Creation Date.
This is how things work with any local file system as well as on iCloud Drive and DropBox,
The original file metadata is absolutely critical in file archiving, searching, reviewing and cataloguing etc. . it means that to be able to use OneDrive I have to make a copy of the original document onto it and then copy any work done on that copy back into the original doc to preserve the creation date. This is back to the days of juggling data on two machines before there were any cloud services at all.
Microsoft always manage to take something away, when it looks like they're giving you something. I regret taking out the 365 subscription. They so often run a steamroller through people's ways of working without any consideration it seems for end-user experience.