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Yet another computer concern

In Windows XP, which I run at the office, I keep dozens of documents in a directory that is sorted by date. I do so in order to keep documents I viewed or used recently towards the top, because those are likely to be the ones I am actually working on.

Ordinarily, this sorts them intelligently, with recently edited documents appearing as having been edited "today" or "yesterday" or "earlier this week" or "earlier in the month". When the month changes, these categories become much fuzzier: all the documents I edited yesterday get dumped into the "last month" category, which there may be hundreds of.

This reminds me of the looming DOOM for my file organization on the horizon: when the year changes, my many thousands of files will all be mucked together into the hazy category of Last Year's Files.

Est-il moyen, ô Moi qui connais l'amertume? Is there a way this doom can be averted? Can Windows be compelled to sort files intelligently into yesterday's and last week's files even if the boundary of a month or year has passed?

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