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Sign a PDF

You can sign a PDF to indicate your approval using either a digital signature or ink signature. Digital signatures can be used to sign a PDF multiple times and by different persons. When you sign a document, your digital signature appears in the signature field. The appearance of the signature depends on options you choose. The actual information for your digital signature is embedded in the PDF.

In Acrobat, the first person to sign a document can add a certifying signature to restrict changes to the document.

Sign a PDF—Quick steps
Signing is essentially a straightforward process. It can be complicated by special requirements, such as creating different signatures for different roles and adding timestamps. But to create an uncomplicated signature, follow these steps.

1. Complete your edits before you sign. Changes made to the document after it is signed can invalidate the signature.

2. Get a digital ID from your own organization, buy a digital ID (see the Adobe website for security partners), or create a self-signed one. See Create a self-signed digital ID. You can’t sign a PDF without a digital id.

3. Drag your pointer to create a space for the signature.

4. Follow the onscreen prompts to finish signing the PDF.

Sign with a new digital ID

1. Open the PDF and choose Tools > Sign & Certify > Sign Document. If you don't see the Sign & Certify panel, see the instructions for adding panels at Task panes.

2. If a dialog box appears, read the information and then click OK.


3. Drag your pointer to create a space for the signature.

4. Select A New Digital ID I Want To Create Now from the Add Digital ID dialog box.

5. In the Add Digital ID dialog box, select a storage location for the digital ID.

6. Type a name, e-mail address, and other personal information for your digital ID. When you certify or sign a document, the name appears in the Signatures panel and in the Signature field.

7. (Optional) To use Unicode values for extended characters, select Enable Unicode Support, and then specify Unicode values in the appropriate boxes.

8. From the Use Digital ID For menu, choose whether you want to use the digital ID for signatures, data encryption, or both.

9. Type a password for the digital ID file. For each keystroke, the password strength meter evaluates your password and indicates the password strength using color patterns.

10. Confirm your password, and click Finish.

Sign with an existing digital ID

1. Open the document.

2. Choose Tools > Sign & Certify > Sign Document. If you don't see the Sign & Certify panel, see the instructions for adding panels at Task panes.


3. Click an existing signature field, or drag your pointer to create a space for the signature.

4. In the Sign Document dialog box, complete the signature as follows:

Password: Type the password associated with the digital ID.

Appearance: Select to modify the information to be displayed in the signature, for example date and time.

Lock Document After Signing: If this option is available, select it only if you are the last recipient to sign the document. Selecting this option locks all fields, including the signature field.

 
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