I found the solution o-line. All I had to do was switch the camera to the 'postcard' mode and instant presto, I was able to access the date stamp mode. I want to express my thanks to the (I don't remember who) person who posted the solution.
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Using the Capture Menu
The Capture Menu allows you to adjust camera settings that affect the characteristics
of the images and video clips you capture.
1. While in Live View or Playback, press , then use to highlight .
2. Use to highlight a menu option, then press to display the menu option's
3. Use to highlight a setting, then press .
4. Press to exit the Capture Menu.
For on-camera information about an option, use to highlight Help... in the option's
sub-menu, then press .
In the capture menu goto
Date & Time Imprint Imprints date in lower left corner of image.
Off Default No date or time imprinted on the image. (this setting)
Date Only Date permanently imprinted.
Date & Time Date and time permanently imprinted.
1. Press the Menu button.
2. If your camera displays a menu with tabs at the top:
a) Press the Right/Left buttons to highlight the Setup tab.
b) Press the Down button to highlight Date Stamp.
c) Press the OK button to add the date stamp to new pictures.
3. If your camera does not display a tabbed menu:
a) Press the Down button to highlight Date Stamp.
NOTE: Depending on your model, Date Stamp might be within the Setup choice.
b) Press the OK button to add the Date Stamp to new pictures.
1. Press the Menu button. 2. If your camera displays a menu with tabs at the top: a) Press the Right/Left buttons to highlight the Setup tab. b) Press the Down button to highlight Date Stamp. c) Press the OK button to add the date stamp to new pictures. 3. If your camera does not display a tabbed menu: a) Press the Down button to highlight Date Stamp. NOTE: Depending on your model, Date Stamp might be within the Setup choice. b) Press the OK button to add the Date Stamp to new pictures.
In the lower left corner of the back of the camera just to the right of the LCD screen is a button marked "disp" by pressing the button it will change the different screen modes on should show only the picture without the numbers or writing on it.
You haven't said what make/model your camera is, so it is hard to advise.
Without knowing the camera, I am guessing that you may be in the wrong mode when trying to change this setting. You won't be able to change it while reviewing pictures already taken. You can only change it for pictures to be taken subsequently. Once pictures are taken, you won't be able to add the date stamp, nor remove it if it has been stamped.
It may be that it won't allow you to set this if you haven't already set the date and time in your camera. I can't see why this setting would be shown at all if it was not possible to turn it on (i.e. if your camera did not have this feature).
You have two options for getting the date printed on your pictures. One is to set the appropriate option in whatever software you're using to print. The other is to have the camera put it there in the image itself. This means that if the date happens to cover something important, you won't be able to get it back.
To set the camera to put the date stamp on every picture, press Menu, use left/right to highlight Setup, then use up/down to access "Date Stamp".
For some cameras this option only works when the camera is set to a specific resolution. Some calle this resolution "Postcard" resolution, and is usually 1200 pixels width. Try setting your camera to its other resolutions to see if this ocrrects the problem. Suggest that you start with 1200 x 900 resolution. Keep in mind that this 1200 x 900 gives only 1 megapixel resolution. Most newer cameras are capable of taking much higher resolution pictures, so this may be a trade-off if you want to use the date stamp option.
In order to use the date stamp option, the image size (L, M1, M2, M3, S, Postcard) has to be set to Postcard. Press the Func/Set button, scroll down to the image size icon (lower left corner), then scroll over to Postcard, and press the Func/Set button again.