Stamp File Names on PDFs with this Free Acrobat X Action

Acrobat offers a number of ways to stamp information on documents using either the Headers/Footers function or Bates Stamping.

Unfortunately— out of the box— Acrobat does not allow you to stamp the document File Name on the document very easily.

Why would I need to stamp a file name on the document?

There are a number of legal workflows (discovery, exhibit preparation) that may result in the renaming of files. Preserving the original file name may be important so that you can establish the provenance of a file.

In addition to the file name, PDF documents also have a Document Title property which is different than the file name.

You can view the Document Title property of a PDF by choosing File> Properties and clicking on the Properties tab:

The Document Properties tab of Acrobat X

Fortunately, Acrobat X Pro Actions come to the rescue!

With a bit of JavaScript, we’ve put together a useful add-on for anybody who wants to stamp filenames on documents.

Acrobat X File Name Stamper Action

The Acrobat X File Name Stamper Action automates the process of stamping:

When you run the Action, you’ll be asked to select the files you wish to process. Then, you can choose various options in the Actions window:

Acrobat X File Name Stamper Options

How do I get the File Name Stamper Action?

You can get the Filename Stamper Action over on the Actions Exchange on,

Alternately, you can download it direct below.

The PDF document you download below includes:

  1. Installation and use instructions
  2. Action (embedded in the PDF)


Filename_Stamper.pdf (682K)**Hint:**Right-click and Choose Save Target As . . . to save to your desktopYou will need Acrobat X Pro to run the Action