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Using Relative Dates in Rules

1. INTRODUCTION

2. SET UP A LAST MODIFIED RULE

3. WHEN THINGS GO WRONG

1. INTRODUCTION [top]

Creation and modification rules can be defined by using either absolute or relative date formats. Absolute dates are dates that are displayed as real calendar dates, e.g. 8/23/2018. This format is always assumed and most widely used. Relative dates are dates that get interpreted as the time relative to the instant in which the rule is being evaluated. Specifying a date rule this way is advantageous when you want to synchronize files within a particular frame of time.

2. SET UP A LAST MODIFIED RULE [top]

To specify a relative time, the format you must use is (+/-)DD:HH:MM:SS. Thus specifying "-180:00:00:00" would mean "180 days ago". Running this sync will include all files/folders which have been modified in the past 180 days (provided you use the "is after" selection). Use whatever number you want here to indicate the time frame desired.

Using relative dates when synchronizing

Note: Don't forget to include the '+' or '-' sign!

3. WHEN THINGS GO WRONG [top]

For most people, the above steps will work flawlessly for setting a relative date rule. However, we live in an imperfect world and sometimes things just don't work out as expected. If you encounter any problems following this tutorial, contact our technical support team and just ask! We don’t mind — we're here to help!