When I open a folder, the "date modified" date changes. This is annoying if nothing in the folder has changed. I like to search for things by reverse "date modified" order, i.e. listing things that I have changed recently at the top.

Is there a way of changing this behavior so that the folder's "date modified" reflects the last time something changed in the folder?

ETA. To modify the question a bit, is it possible to change the "date modified" of the folder back to the newest "date modified" of it's contents?

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Simply looking in a folder doesn't change the date modified. This only happens if Finder makes a change in the folder, for example to create a missing .DS_Store file. It's not possible to disable the creation of .DS_Store files for local volumes using Finder, see Never create a .DS_Store file again.

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    Hmm. The folders I am looking at are old work from a backup. They probably don't have .DS_Store files and so that explains why their date modified is changing. I'll edit the question.
    – pheon
    Mar 13, 2018 at 23:19

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