10 thoughts on “F5: In Notepad, enter a Timestamp”

  1. I think this keyboard shortcut is really terrible. The date format is not customizable, so it becomes a nuisance every time I accidentally hit this key.

  2. You can reprogram the function keys. Iuse a program called “swiftkeyboard” Here is what I get when I press F5, Joseph Verzino.

  3. @ estephen,

    The point is that this un-editable format is not sortable in any way. Try prefixing a folder full of text files with the above timestamp. Open the folder and make sense out of the resulting filenames. Yay, all my morning files are together. useless.

    yyyymmdd_hhmm_originalfilename.abc

    Do this and all your files sort alphabetically. All your files sort numerically. Alpha-numerically. Use this same format WHENEVER you make a timestamp anywhere and you get used to reading it like music. Handled fine in IIS. Handled fine in Linux. OSX handles it. Even Windows OS’s can handle it.

    Being unable to choose the format of the datestamp is it’s fail-flaw.

  4. yeah it would be great if f5 wasnt refresh, as mentioned above chosing the timestamp format would also be good (something configured in regional and language options in the control panel would be convenient and powerful) keeping f5 as the expected refresh (so grab the file from disk again to see changes that have happened since you loaded it last) and setting something like alt+t as the timestamp would make more sense…

    but then again they still havent updated notepad to recognize \n as a frikken newline.

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