How to create an electronic signature

Electronic signatures, or e-signatures, have the same level of convenience as digital signatures but require less authentication. You can sign a PDF or other document quickly and securely with an e-signature. Learn how to sign with an electronic signature.


Create an e-signature

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How to sign documents with an electronic signature.

1. Click review and sign link in email.
In the email you received from the sender of the document to sign, click the link labeled “Click here to review and sign...”
Click review and sign link in email.
2. Click prompt in document.
Click on the “Click here to sign” field in the document to sign.
Click prompt in document.
3. Create electronic signature.
A pop-up window will open to let you create your electronic signature in the signature field.
Create signature.
4. Select signature option.
Choose from four easy options: type your name, draw with a mouse, upload an image of your signature, or sign with your finger or stylus on a touch screen.
Select signature option.
5. Sign document.
Select Apply to add your signature to the signature line and preview the signed document before you approve it.
Sign document.
6. Finalize signature.
Select “Click to Sign” at the bottom to finalize your electronic signature.
Finalize signature.
7. Send.
Acrobat Sign automatically sends you and the sender the final signed document.

What are electronic signatures?

An electronic signature, or e-signature, is a legal way to get consent or approval on electronic documents or forms. This includes digital signatures that require stricter authentication. Electronic signatures can be used to replace handwritten signatures in virtually every personal or business process.

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Trusted and legal.

With Acrobat Sign, your signatures are legally valid and enforceable. They meet the most demanding requirements and comply with electronic signature laws around the world.

Reliable and secure.

Reliable and secure.

Get uptime you can count on, while ensuring security and privacy. Acrobat Sign delivers high performance around the world and complies with the most stringent security standards.

Track and manage progress.

Track and manage progress.

You can know the status of every signature, get notifications and send reminders, modify and cancel requests, and view a detailed audit trail for any transaction.

How to sign virtually using Acrobat Sign

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Acrobat Sign Electronic Signature FAQ

What is Acrobat Sign?
Acrobat Sign is a Document Cloud solution that lets you send, sign, manage, and archive documents and forms with legal electronic signatures. Use Acrobat web and mobile applications or work inside your favorite applications to sign documents, request signatures from others, and track the signing process.
How many ways can e-signatures be made?
There are four ways to create an electronic signature using Acrobat Sign. You can type your name, upload an image file of your handwritten signature, draw your signature with a cursor, or sign with your finger or stylus on a touch screen device.
Are Acrobat Sign’s electronic signatures legally binding?
Yes. Electronic signatures are legally valid and enforceable in nearly every industrialized country around the world, and even less-developed countries are beginning to enact e-signature laws. In 2000, the United States passed the ESIGN Act, making e-signatures legal for virtually all uses. In the European Union the Electronic Identification and Trust Services Regulation (eIDAS) took effect in July 2016. Other countries have enacted similar laws as well. To learn more, visit our Electronic Signatures are Legal page.
What devices does Acrobat Sign support?
Acrobat Sign supports document signing on practically any modern device, including smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers such as Macs and PCs.