How to Change the Date Stamp on a JPG

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Windows stores file creation and modification dates for all files on the computer, and photo files are no exception. With photo files, however, Windows actually stores two different dates for JPG, PNG and TIFF images. Windows stores the creation and date and includes a changeable tag for the date you snapped the photo. If you take an images with a camera that has incorrect date settings, Windows imports the incorrect date settings from the camera. Fortunately, there are a couple of ways to change JPG date information in Windows.

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    Change the Date Taken Tag in Windows

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    Click "Start" and then "Computer." Navigate to the folder that contains the JPG photo for which you want to change the "Date Taken" file attribute. Click and highlight the file name in Windows Explorer.

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    Locate the "Date Taken" in the lower part of the Windows Explorer screen. Click the "Specify date taken" link next to the "Date Taken" tag. Use the calendar control to select the date, month and year you took the photo.

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    Click the "Save" button on the right side of the screen after you enter the "Date Taken" date. Windows saves the attribute changes to the JPG file and stores the date information inside the file.

    SetFileDate 2.0

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    Navigate to the No Nonsense Software website ( Download SetFileDate 2.0 and save the file to your computer. Navigate to the folder where you saved the "" file. Right-click the file name and then click "Extract Here" on the pop-up menu. Windows decompresses the installation utility file in the folder.

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    Click the decompressed "Setup" file. Click "Next" after the SetFileDate Setup Wizard screen appears.

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    Click "Next" to accept the License Agreement and install SetFileDate 2.0 on your computer. Follow the remaining on-screen instructions to finalise the installation. Enable the "Run SetFileDate" option and click "Finish" when prompted.

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    Use the browser pane on the left side of the SetFileDate 2.0 window to locate the JPG for which you want to change the date stamp. Highlight the JPG file name in the browser pane. Use the Settings controls on the right side of the window to change "Day,""Month" and "Year" file attributes for photo. Enable the "Created," "Modified" and "Accessed" options and click the "Modify Date(s)" button. The program changes and stores the date stamp in the JPG file.

    express TimeStamp Toucher (XTST)

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    Go to the Irnis on the Net website ( Download and install express TimeStamp Toucher (XTST) on your computer.

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    Launch XTST on your computer. Click the "..." button to the right of the "Path" field. Navigate to the folder that contains JPG photos with dates you want to change. Click the "OK" button after selecting the folder.

  3. 3

    Click and enable the "Creation Date" and "Set same date&time for all three values" options. Use the drop-down calendar control to change the date for the photo file. Click the "Start" button. XTST changes the date stamp for all files in the selected folder.

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