The detail view of Thunar shows the modification time as localized date (dd.mm.YYYY for my location), which is fine, but I would like to see the time, too.

And it doesn't show the recently modified files in the same manner, butnew years new years decorates them as 'yesterday, today, monday' and so on, which is a nice programming etude, but not really useful to me.

Au contraire - it is pretty annoying to have this mixture in the interface. The next version will look into my calender and mark some files 'easter 2007, moms birthday 2002' and 'third monday of last month'. Thank you!

But if ohters prefer it - I'm fine. I just want to know whether I can modify the setting somehow. This is Xubuntu 12.04 LTS, Thunar 1.2.3.

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open Thunar and choose preferences from Edit menu . then at Display , choose the date format as you want. I am uploading the image too . enter image description here

hope that helps .

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    That easy? I'm ashamed. :) Dec 29, 2012 at 2:31
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    while it's nice that there are a few choices for the format, it would be even nicer if we could also specify a custom format (e.g. using the same format syntax as the date command).
    – Mark
    Dec 15, 2015 at 2:48
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    @Mark you would make a feature request at forum.xfce.org
    – user308164
    Dec 16, 2016 at 10:02
  • It is definitely a stupid decision to make these "today, yesterday" formatting as default.
    – imkzh
    Jul 5, 2022 at 12:08
  • @imkzh, I would say its how you prefer. its a vscode vs vim, which one you choose is upto you.
    – Raja G
    Jul 7, 2022 at 4:23

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