In Linux and Unix there is a “touch” command which will update the timestamp of a file without modifying the contents. You can also create an empty file without having to open an application among other actions. In Windows there isn’t a direct equivalent, but you can get close by using the “copy” command with a “+” at the end of the filename while specifying no destination file. The + symbol points the copy operation back to the source file. This will update the timestamp while not modifying the contents of the file.
This process was helpful for my customer testing out automated CI/CD processes with Azure DevOps and Git. Hopefully this will be useful to someone else. Enjoy.