Can you make Finder show timestamps with hour:minutes:seconds?. It seemed to be possible in old versions of OS X, judging by this post: https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/show-date-created-down-to-seconds.569085/

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Nothing has changed, except that the location within System Preference has had a name change.

You can do this as follows:

  1. Got to Apple > System Preferences...
  2. Select the Language & Region preference pane
  3. Click the Advanced... button at bottom left
  4. Select the Times tab
  5. You'll see the Short format fields at top
  6. Edit this field by dragging the 'Second' time element from the Time Elements area to the Short field (Note: You'll need to manually enter the colon (:) in between the mins and secs if you was it to be displayed as well)
  7. Click on OK
  8. Exit System Preferences

Now you'll have the seconds displayed in your Finder time stamps.

  • you're the absolute Master and Commander, thanks a lot Jun 30, 2018 at 22:22
  • @Antonio23249 If this answered your question, should you not accept it?
    – derutaef
    Jul 26, 2018 at 23:28

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