How to Print Date & Time Stamps on a PDF

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How to Print Date & Time Stamps on a PDF
Add a date and time stamp to a PDF file with Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader. (Rubber stamp image by Bartlomiej Nowak from

Companies and individuals today look for ways to exchange information, conduct document reviews, and manage feedback across physical distances. Using Adobe Acrobat. you can add a printable time and date stamp to a Portable Document Format (PDF) file, either as part of a collaborative review or for your own records. The default time and date stamps in Acrobat are intended to emulate the old-time rubber stamps used on printed documents. Acrobat automatically fills in the current time and date maintained by your server or system clock.

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Things you need

  • Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader, version 7.0 or higher

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  1. 1

    Open the PDF document you want to print in Adobe Acrobat. Go to the page where you want to add a date and time stamp.

  2. 2

    Click the "Tools" menu, click "Comment & Markup," click "Stamps" and then click "Dynamic."

  3. 3

    Select the stamp you want to use from those shown on the menu.

  4. 4

    Edit any information you want to change (name, title, company, department or e-mail address) in the "Identity Setup" dialogue box. This dialogue box appears only the first time you use the stamp function. Click "Complete."

  5. 5

    Move your cursor to the pane that shows the PDF document. Click the location where you want to place the stamp.

  6. 6

    Click "Print" to print the PDF file with the time and date stamp.

Tips and warnings

  • The stamp function in Adobe Reader is enabled only if the author of the document first enabled commenting tools in Adobe Acrobat.

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