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Signing PDF Documents

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To sign a PDF document or form without printing, you can type, draw, or insert an image of your handwritten signature. You can also add text, such as your name, company, title, or the date. When you save the document, the signature and text become part of the PDF.

To capture your signature for use in signing PDF documents:

  1. Sign your name in black ink (a felt tip marker yields best results) on a clean, blank sheet of white paper. Sign in the middle of the paper so you don't photograph or scan the edges.
  2. Photograph or scan your signature. If you are taking a picture of your signature, make sure that the page is lit and that no shadows fall across the signature.
  3. Transfer the photo or scan to your computer. Most PDF programs accept JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, TIF, and BMP files.

To sign PDF documents using Acrobat Reader XI:

  1. Open the Acrobat Reader XI and the PDF document or form that you want to sign.
  2. In the upper right corner choose Sign.
  3. You may add text, checkmark, or place a signature or initials. Select the desired option.
  4. Click Place Signature or the dropdown beside it and then choose whether you want to add your signature or just initials. You may also change or clear your saved signature from this menu. If you have previously added signatures or initials, they are displayed as options to choose from.
  5. If you've already added your signature or initials, just select from the Sign options, and then click at the place in the PDF where you want to add your signature or initials.
  6. Save the document and your signature becomes part of the PDF and cannot be edited.

To sign PDF documents using Acrobat DC:

  1. Open the PDF document you want to sign with Acrobat DC.
  2. Under Tools, select the Fill&Sign icon
    1. Select Sign icon from the top bar
    2. Select which signature you want to use, or
      1. Create a signature or initials to be used
      2. Signature may be Digital, Text, or Initials.
    3. Place signature and date in your appropriate signature boxes on the document.
    4. If you want a copy of the signed document, save it at this point which embeds the signature.
    5. Return the signed document to the routing sender, by selecting the email icon at the top of the page.
      1. Enter the appropriate email ID and send.

To sign PDF documents using Foxit Reader PDF:

  1. Open Foxit Reader and the PDF document or form that you want to sign.
  2. From the toolbar choose PDF Sign.
  3. From here you may create or manage your signatures. To add a new signature, click Create Signature and browse for your saved signature file.
  4. You may also change or delete your saved signature from this menu by clicking Manage Signature. If you have previously added signatures they are displayed as options.
  5. Save the document and your signature becomes part of the PDF and cannot be edited.
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