How to Sign PDF Files

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How to Electronically Sign PDF Documents

Users often need to add a signature to a PDF document – it’s helpful if you need to sign a contract or agreement, validate a legal form, or for any other reason. As there may be important confidential data in the document, the signing process has to be secured. If you are new to signing PDFs, it can be challenging to figure out which e-signing tool is right for you.

Movavi PDF Editor is a safe and simple e-signature solution that lets you digitally sign PDF documents without printing-related hassles while ensuring complete privacy and security.

Keep reading to check out three ways to put a signature on a PDF using Movavi PDF Editor.

How to Add a Signature to a PDF by Uploading an Image

  • Step 1. Download Movavi PDF Editor

    Download the latest version of Movavi PDF Editor from this page. Double-click on the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

  • Step 2. Upload Your Document

    Start the program, click Open File, and choose the file containing the page you want to process. Alternatively, you can drag and drop the file into the area indicated.

  • Step 3. Insert a Graphic Signature

    To create a signature from an image, click Edit on the left side of the top toolbar and choose the Signature option. Then, hit the Image button and upload the image of the required signature from your photo library.

  • Step 4. Save the Revised Document

    To save the signed document as a new file on your computer, click File on the menu bar and select the Save As command. If you want to save the edits in the source file, click File on the menu bar and select Save.

How to Make an Electronic Signature by Drawing It

  • Step 1. Install and Launch the PDF Editor

    Download Movavi PDF Editor on your PC or Mac. Install the software on your computer following the on-screen instructions. After the installation process is finished, launch the program.

  • Step 2. Upload the PDF

    Upload the PDF from your computer using the Open File button. Alternatively, you can use the drag-and-drop function.

  • Step 3. Draw Your Signature

    To insert a signature into this PDF, select Signature from the Edit drop-down. On the Draw tab, specify the font size and color for the signature using the desired settings. Then, just draw your signature using a mouse and click Add.

  • Step 4. Save the Changes

    Save the changes using the Save As or Save command on the File menu.

How to Create a Handwritten Signature Using a Touchscreen

  • Step 1. Get the App on Your Tablet

    Movavi PDF Editor also runs on Windows RT and Windows 10 tablets with x86/x64 architecture. To get started with Movavi PDF Editor, download and install the application on your tablet.

  • Step 2. Open Files

    Launch the application, tap Open File in the middle of the program window, and select the PDF you want to sign. Choose the Signature option from the Edit drop-down menu.

  • Step 3. Draw a Signature

    In the window that opens, draw your signature on the touchscreen using your finger or a digital stylus. You can then insert the signature by dragging and dropping it into the appropriate place to paste it into the document.

  • Step 4. Save Your PDF

    To save the signed PDF file, tap File and just choose Save. To save a copy of the file, use the Save As command.

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How to Sign a PDF in Adobe® Acrobat®

Here’s how you can digitally sign a PDF using Adobe Acrobat.

  • Step 1. Launch Adobe Acrobat. Click the File menu, choose Open, and select the PDF you want to sign.
    Step 2. In the right-hand pane, choose the Fill & Sign tool. A toolbar will appear in the upper part of the program window. Click Sign and select Add Signature.
    Step 3. In the dialog box that appears, choose one of the options – Type, Draw, or Image.
    Step 4. When you’ve signed the PDF, click Apply. Now you can change the size of the signature and position it in the PDF document.

How to Sign a PDF in Windows Using Foxit Reader

  • Step 1. Run Foxit Reader on your computer. Add the PDF you want to sign via the File menu.
    Step 2. Click PDF Sign in the toolbar at the top of the program window. Then click the green Plus icon. A dialog box with five options will open; choose the one that best suits your needs.
    Step 3. Once you’re done with signing your PDF, click Save. Now you can drag, resize, and position the signature in your PDF document.

How to Sign a PDF on a Mac Using PDF Expert

  • Step 1. Launch PDF Expert on your Mac and open the PDF you want to sign. 
    Step 2. Right-click where you want to place the signature and choose Signature from the menu.
    Step 3. To add a signature you created earlier, select My signature. To create a new signature, select Customer signature. A dialog box with three options will appear – Keyboard, Trackpad, or Image.
    Step 4. Click Done at the bottom-right corner of the dialog box. Now you can position the signature in the PDF document.

How to Sign a PDF Online for Free

  • Step 1. Open the PDF Pro website and upload the PDF you want to sign.
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    Step 2. In the toolbar at the top of the interface, click Signature. You will see a dialog box with three options: Draw, Type, and Upload. You can draw your signature using your mouse or trackpad, type your signature, or upload an image of it. Choose the option that suits you best and click Sign at the bottom-right corner of the dialog box.
    Step 3. Click where you want to place the signature and resize it to fit with the dimensions of the document.
    Step 4. To save the signed PDF to your computer, click Export and choose Download.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are four steps to electronically sign a PDF:

  1. Run Movavi PDF Editor for Mac. Click Open File to import the PDF file you need to sign.
  2. Click Edit on the left side of the top toolbar and choose Signature. A dialog box with two options will appear – you can draw your signature or upload an image of it. Choose the one that best suits you.
  3. Click Add at the bottom-right corner of the dialog box.
  4. To save the signed PDF document, click File and select Save.

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How to add a signature to a PDF – 4 steps:

  1. Launch Movavi PDF Editor and click Open File to add a PDF.
  2. Click Edit in the top toolbar and select Signature. In the dialog box that appears, choose Draw or Upload.
  3. To sign the PDF, click Add.
  4. Save the result by clicking File and then Save.

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  1. Open the PDF you want to digitally sign in Adobe® Acrobat® Pro DC.
  2. Open the Tools tab and choose Certificates.
  3. Click Digitally Sign in the toolbar.
  4. Using the cursor, draw a rectangle where you want to place the digital signature.
  5. In the dialog box that appears, choose the digital ID you want to use and click Continue. Then enter the password and click Sign.
  6. Save the PDF document.

A digital signature is encrypted within the document being signed. An electronic signature is an electronic image of your signature inserted into a document.

To learn more about the difference between digital and electronic signatures, read this article:

Digital Signatures vs. Electronic Signatures

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