How to Insert Date Stamps in Photos

By Matthew Caines

Manage and file your digital photo collection by inserting a date stamp into each file name or onto the photograph itself. Not only does this let you know when the photo was taken (which is great when you are looking back 20 years later), it can help you organize images on your computer's hard drive. You can do this by editing the file name in your PC's file explorer or by using an image program and manually inserting a date stamp.

Inserting A Date Stamp Manually

Step 1

Open your PC's image manipulation software program and open the "File" menu. Select the "Open" option, navigate to your chosen image file and click the "Open" button to view the file.

Step 2

Select the "Font" or "Type" tool of your program and click on one of the bottom corners of your image. The program should automatically open a text box. A corner is considered the best place for a date stamp because it does not distract from the image itself.

Step 3

Click a color option in the font window and write in the date on the picture. Choose a color that is visible against the backdrop and type in the date. For example, if the picture was taken on January 26, 2008, write "01/26/2008" and click outside of the box to confirm the text. Save your image once you have finished.

Editing The File Name

Step 1

Open your PC's file explorer by right-clicking the "Start" icon and selecting the "Explore" option. A new file explorer window will automatically open.

Step 2

Navigate to the folder that contains your image files by using the left sidebar. Click on the "+" icons next to each folder to move deeper into that registry. For example, click the "Local Disc," then "Documents and Settings" and "All Users" folders to find photos that have been uploaded to the All Users location.

Step 3

Right-click on the photo files you want to date-stamp and select the "Rename" option. In the highlighted text box, type the photo's date. Add the date to the beginning or end of the photo's file name or replace the whole name with the date. For example, type "01/26/2008" as the image name or just add it to the end: "ImageD456 01/26/2008."

Step 4

Rename multiple files by selecting the images, right-clicking on one and then typing in the date of the image. Windows XP will automatically change the name of every file and add a numbered extension to each for your convenience, e.g. "01/26/2008 (1)" and "01/26/2008 (2)" and so on.

Tips & Warnings

  • Insert the date into the folder name if there are several image folders within a larger root folder. This will help navigate between images from various dates without clicking inside and out of the folder each time.