How To Add Timestamp To PDF

Having date and timestamp on PDF files that are moving to and fro in your company is one of the needs today. Not only it increases professionalism, but it also makes the documentation work of your office simplified. Most of the people send the PDF files without adding a timestamp to it. They are probably unaware of the fact that they can actually do it without paying a single penny. Moreover, you can use tools like Adobe Reader or Foxit Reader, which are probably already installed on your system. And even if they aren’t installed, they can easily be found and installed because they are quite common. Now let’s proceed with how these software work for creating and adding the timestamp to PDF files.

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Add Date And Timestamp To PDF Files

We have mentioned two software for this purpose. Both of them are available for Windows as well as Mac.

Using Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader is a hub for all your PDF related work. Be it opening of PDF files, any type of editing work, or simply adding of timestamp, it is capable of doing all the things with a swift. You can download it from their official site.

1. Open Foxit reader on your device and click on Open File option.

open pdf files using foxit reader

2. Now select the PDF file to which you want to add the timestamp and click on Open.

3. After the desired PDF file is properly opened on the device, click on the Comment tab available at the top-left of the screen.

foxit reader comment menu

4. Under Comment, locate and click on the Stamp option.

5. Right after clicking, you will see various kinds of stamps available. All the timestamps are located under the Dynamic Stamps category.

various stamps in foxit reader

6. After you found the stamp you were looking for, simply click on it to select it.

7. Once selected, that stamp will get picked up by the cursor of your mouse. Now hover the stamp to the desired place on your PDF file and simply click on that place to drop your stamp there.

add timestamp to PDF file

8. Finally, click on the save icon at the top-right.

save the pdf file from foxit reader

Now you have your PDF file with an attractive date and timestamp attached to it. You can view it locally on your device anytime you want.

Customizing Timestamp With Foxit

Foxit has provided stamps for almost every office situation. Be it cancel stamps, approved stamps, timestamp, verified, revised or rejected, you will find the stamps for every possible event. But it doesn’t matter how much variety you have, the fun of customizing your own stamp is completely different and Foxit has made it possible.

1. Firstly, fire up the Foxit app and open a PDF file using the same steps.

2. Under Comment, head towards the Create option, and select it.

create stamps from foxit

3. Now click on the Create Custom Dynamic Stamp. A window will appear using which you can create your stamp now.

custom dynamic stamp foxit

4. Under Stamp Template select the shape that you want your stamp to have and under the Category, give a perfect name to your stamp.

5. Now select the font of the text that will appear in your stamp by clicking on the Font option. Click on the drop-down menu in front of Stamp Text and select the <date and time>.

6. Similarly set the Color and Font Size and click on ADD. A Stamp with date and time will appear on the screen now. Drag and drop it in the selected frame. Change the stamp size if you want and finally click on OK.

customize stamp using foxit reader

The stamp is ready to be used now. Head towards the Stamp option to view your customized stamp.

Add Timestamp To A PDF Using Adobe Reader

Note: Make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Reader.

Adobe Reader is the most renowned software for managing PDF files. So it is obvious that you are going to find an option to add a stamp using it. And where are you gonna find that option? Well, stick around with us to know that.

In case you don’t have it on your computer then you can download Adobe Reader from their official website.

1. Launch Adobe Reader on your computer and open the PDF file by clicking on the File menu and selecting the Open… Then select the desired PDF file.

open pdf file in adobe

2. Now click on the Comment option and select the Stamp icon.

dynamic stamps in adobe reader

3. Hover on the Dynamic option and select any timestamp that you like.

4. Right after clicking on the stamp, a box will appear and ask you to put all the information about your stamp. Once the information is filled, click on Complete.

stamp identity setup in adobe

5. After filling up the information, the stamp you selected will get attached to the cursor of your mouse. Now drag it to the desired place and drop your stamp with a single click.

add date and time stamp to PDF

The stamp will be added to that position now. You can choose any stamp related to your PDF using the comment section anytime you want. Other than the timestamps, you can select other stamps by hovering to the Sign Here or Standard Business. (Shown in the screenshot attached with the 2nd step of Adobe Reader)

Changing Stamp Information In Adobe

The stamp information box will appear only when you are using the stamp for the first time. After that, the box will not appear again. So what if you get in a situation where it becomes compulsory to change that information? Well, then let me clear your doubts here.

1. Head towards the Comment menu again and select the stamp icon.

2. Now click on Show Stamps Palette.

Edit stamps in PDF

3. In the box that just appeared, click on the drop-down menu and select the Dynamic option. All the timestamps will appear on the screen.

change stamp information in adobe Reader

4. Right-click the stamp for which you want to change the information and click on Edit Identity…

5. Now as before, put the desired information and click on Complete.

With this, the timestamp information will be changed. Using the same steps you will be able to alter the information anytime you need.

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Conclusion

Both the software offer us good quality stamps and that too free of cost. The only reason that Foxit reader has an upper hand is that unlike Adobe reader it allows us to customize our own date and timestamps so much easier. Otherwise, if you don’t feel any need for customizing stamps, both the software have enough timestamps for all your needs.

Daksh Chaudhary
Daksh is an ardent blogger, introvert and a tech enthusiast who is keen about gadgets and technology, and maybe he can contaminate you by sharing the same vibes.

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