How to Add a Signature to Adobe Acrobat

by Sarai Jeremiah

The Adobe Acrobat software allows you to create, edit and share PDF documents. You can also use Adobe Acrobat to show your approval of a PDF document by adding a digital signature. Like a handwritten signature, a digital signature identifies you as the person who signed the document. To add a signature in Adobe Acrobat, you should have already created and saved your digital signature by scanning it or using a pen tablet. Signing a PDF document is the only way to add a signature to Adobe Acrobat.

Open the PDF document that you want to sign in Adobe Acrobat.

Click "Edit" at the top of Adobe Acrobat, and select "Preferences" from the drop-down menu.

Select "Security" from the pane on the left.

Click the "View Documents in Preview Document Mode When Signing" option, then click the "OK" button.

Click the "Sign" button in the "Tasks" toolbar, and select the "Sign Document" option.

Read the compliance status and options that automatically appears in the "PDF Signature Report" dialog box, then close the box when you are done. Do not add your signature if you do not agree with the compliance status.

Click the "Sign Document" option in the document message bar to view the digital signature you previously created.

Select the digital signature, then click the "Sign" button to add it to the PDF document.

Click on "File" at the top of Adobe Acrobat, and select "Save As" to save the PDF document. Save the document with a different name if you want to keep the original document. Close Adobe Acrobat once the PDF document is saved.

About the Author

Sarai Jeremiah is a freelance writer and graphic designer living on the East Coast, where she is currently pursuing an education in both fields. She has been writing articles and content on a variety of topics since 2006 and has contributed articles to Web sites such as Spark People.