How to add a date & time stamp to a digital photo

Updated March 24, 2017

Most modern cameras have the ability to automatically add a date and time stamp to any digital photo you take. Your camera stores the information in the digital photo itself, in the exchangeable image file, or EXIF, format. This means even if you forget to enable the stamp on the photo with the camera, you can still add it later using a free program such as Photoscape or even the free software included with your computer such as Paint.

Press the "Setup" button on your camera and navigate to the menu that is called "Date Stamp" or something similar. This feature is located in different menus depending on your make and model of camera, so consult your user manual to see how to access it.

Scroll through the options until you see one that adds the date and time stamp to the digital photo. You will have different options depending on your camera type and will be able to select whether you only want the date, only the time or both.

Save the setting and close the menu on your camera. Take your photo and press the "View" button to see a copy of the photo on your camera screen. The data and time stamp will be visible on the photo.

Open a Web browser, navigate to the Photoscape website (see Resources) and download the free software. Double-click the set-up file after the download is complete to install the program on your computer.

Start Photoscape. Click "Editor" from the main menu if you only have one digital photo you want to add the date and time stamp to or "Batch Editor" if you want to do this to multiple photos.

Navigate to the folder where your photos are stored on the hard drive, and select the photos you want to manipulate. If you want to select multiple images, hold down the "Shift" button while clicking on the first then last image in the group. This will select all of them, as indicated by the blue highlight around the images.

Hold down the left mouse button while the cursor is over the images, and drag them onto the main screen where the words "Drop Your Image Here" are displayed.

Click "Object" on the right-hand side toolbar, then click the check box next to the words "Text 1." Click the "Change Text Properties" icon, which is shown as a yellow pencil. This will open the text editor.

Click the button that shows "EXIF," and from the pop-up menu choose the format you want for the date and time stamp. The date and time stamp will be added to your photo. The font type, size and colour can be changed from the text menu as well. Click "OK" when you are satisfied with the look of the stamp.

Move the mouse cursor over the date and time stamp, then click and drag it to the location you want it on the digital photo. If you have multiple photos selected, the date and time stamp will be applied to all of them.

Click "Convert All," then specify an output path for all the photos to be saved. You will now have a new folder filled with digital photos that contain the date and time stamp as well as all the original photos still saved as backups.

Right-click on the digital photo and select "Properties" from the pop-up menu. Click on the "Details" tab. A list of information about the image will be displayed such as the type of camera it was taken with as well as any camera settings.

Scroll down until you get to the "Date Taken" information. This will show the exact date and time that the photo was taken on.

Start MS Paint and open the digital photo. Click the "Text" button on the top toolbar, then click on the image where you want to add the date and time stamp.

Type the information displayed on the photos properties exactly as it appears. Use the font type, size and colour buttons at the top of the toolbar to customise how your text appears.

Click "File" then "Save As" to store your image with the date and time stamp added to it.

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Virtually growing up in a computer repair shop, Naomi Bolton has held a passion for as long as she can remember. After earning a diploma through a four year course in graphic design from Cibap College, Bolton launched her own photography business. Her work has been featured on Blinklist, Gameramble and many others.