How to Digitally Sign Your Documents

Android/IOS

Step 1: Download and install the SignNow app onto your mobile device.

Step 2: Launch the SignNow app and tap on the Document Icon

Step 3: Choose to import your document from e-mail, Dropbox, or to take a photo of your document.

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Step 4: Once you have the document open, navigate to where you need to sign. You can also use pinch-to-zoom to zoom in on certain sections of your document. Once you have located where you need to add a signature, tap the “Signature” button.

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Step 5: Sign your name on the draw signature screen, then tap the OK button.

Step 6: Tap where you want to place your signature on the document, then drag it to move it exactly where you want it. Then tap OK then Done to continue.

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Step 7: Now, you can choose whether you want to email the document or save it.

iPhone

Step 1: The document needs to be in an email on your iPhone’s Mail app. If it isn’t there, you need to forward it to the email address on your iPhone first.

Step 2: Open the email attachment that you need to sign. (You may have to tap the document and download it first)

Step 3: If there are lines set up for editing in the document, you can enter information in those by tapping o them. Then you can type in printed information, like name, date, or address

Step 4: To sign, tap the “markup” symbol (it looks like a pen in a circle in the upper right corner)

Step 5: At the bottom there should be multiple pens, but there should also be a plus sign. Tap on the plus sign.

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Step 6: Tap on signature. This will take you to a screen where you can draw your signature. Press Done when finished. (This will also save your signature for the future, so you’ll only have to draw it once)

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Step 7: After tapping Done, you will be put back to the document, and you can place your signature. Once it is where you want it, tap the “Markup” symbol to lock it in place.

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Step 8: Now, you can tap Done in the upper left corner.

PC

This tends to be easiest on Windows using Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, as it has great support for signing documents.

Step 1: You’re going to want to start by opening the PDF document using Adobe Acrobat Reader DC. Click the “Fill & Sign” button on the right side.

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Step 2: click the “Sign” button on the toolbar and select “Add Signature” to add your signature to the program, so it can be re-used.

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Step 3: You can now choose the type of your signature, and the program chooses “type” by default, meaning you can just type your name in and the program will convert it to a signature automatically. However, this probably doesn’t look like your signature, so you can choose the “Draw” button and draw your signature. You can also select “Image” if you really want to, and scan a piece of paper with your signature on it.

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Step 4: After you create your signature, click “Apply” and place it on the document. You can leave “Save Signature” checked to quickly add this signature in the future.

Step 5: Now, you can position your signature where you want with your mouse, and click to apply it. If you chose to save your signature, you can easily find it in the “Sign” menu later.

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Step 6: To save the document, click File > Save and select a location to save the file.

Mac

Mac can do this even easier than Windows can. The Preview program included within MacOS has signing features built into it.

Step 1: Open the PDF document in Preview (normally what opens PDF files by default, unless you’ve changed it). Click the toolbox button near the top, and then click the “Sign” button on the toolbar that appears.

Step 2: Now you can either draw your signature by using the trackpad, if you’re on a MacBook, or you can scan a signed piece of paper with your webcam.

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Step 3: Now that you have the signature, you can select it in the menu that appears after clicking the “Sign” button again. This will place your signature in the document, and you can drag it to place it precisely where you want it.

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Step 4: Once you’re done, click File > Save to save the PDF. You can also do File > Duplicate if you want to create another copy of the PDF instead, the new copy having your signature without modifying the original.

On a Mac it is also possible to use Adobe Reader DC like Windows, so you can refer to the instructions for Windows if you prefer to do it that way instead.