How to Sign on a PDF File

by Krista MartinUpdated September 28, 2017
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Items you will need

  • Computer

  • Adobe

  • Digital signature

Signing a PDF document is an efficient way to protect the security of your signature and document contents while sharing your documents with others in a quick and convenient way. Adobe has created simple steps to guide you in this useful task.

Open the PDF file and view the document in “Preview Document” mode to add your signature.

Click the “Signature” field and select either “Choose Document,” “Sign” and “Sign Document,” or select the sign icon located in the Tasks toolbar and select “Sign Document or Place Signature.”

Select “Place Signature,” where you will draw your signature in the designated field and specify a digital ID if you haven’t already done so.

Sign in the “Sign Document” dialogue box and choose your signature from the menu.

Select the “Advance Digital Signature Preferences” if you wish to specify your reason for signing the document, specify the location and contact information and/or track warnings that might corrupt the content that you are signing.

Create a digital ID password and type it in the “Password Box.”

Select “Sign” and rename the document in order to make changes to the original PDF version without corrupting the signature.

Click “Save” and you have successfully signed a PDF document.


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Krista Martin has been writing professionally since 2005. She has written for magazines, newspapers and websites including Live Listings, "Homes & Living" magazine and the "Metro Newspaper." Martin holds an honors Bachelor of Arts in English from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Master of Journalism from the University of Westminster.

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