Knowledgebase: Acrobat
Creating a digital signature for PDFs
Posted by Patricia Goodman on 01 March 2016 12:57 PM

Adobe Acrobat DC allows you to create a digital signature to be used when signing PDFs. You need to use Adobe Acrobat DC, and not Adobe Reader for the below instructions. 

  1. Start up Adobe Acrobat DC
    • Windows Users: click on Start, All Programs, then click on Adobe Acrobat DC to start the application
    • Mac OS Users: in the Finder, click on Applications, click on Adobe Acrobat DC, and double-click on Adobe to start the application
  2. Click on the File menu and choose Open to open the PDF.
  3. Scroll down to the page where you need to place your signature.
  4. Click on the Tools tab that is located at the top left
  5. Click on Fill & Sign.
  6. Along the top right, click the Sign icon  (looks like a pen with "Sign" next to it)
  7. If you've never created a signature before, click on Add Signature. If you've created signatures before, they will appear in a drop-down box, and you can choose one of them. Or, you can click the minus sign next to one of your signatures and then click on Add Signature to create a new one. 
  8. Type in your full name.
  9. If you don't like the style of the signature that appears, click Change Style and chose a different one from the available options. 
  10. Click the Apply button.
  11. Next, use your mouse to move the signature to where you want to place it, and then click on it once you have it positioned to where you want it. 
  12. Click on the Save icon, or click on the File menu and choose Save to save the document with your signature. 



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