How to e-sign a document.

Learn how you can use electronic signatures to replace handwritten signatures for nearly every type of personal or business document.

“E-sign” is short for “electronic signature.” “E-signature” and “electronic signature” both mean the same thing; you can use either form you like. (The term can also be used as a verb, meaning “to electronically sign” something.) However, if you're talking about creating an electronic signature backed by a digital certificate — the highest level of identity assurance — you should actually use the term “digital signature” instead.

How to e-sign a document.

When you e-sign a document, you speed up your workflows. No more printing, signing, and then scanning the signed copy back into your electronic systems. Just use your electronic signature to keep work moving along. With an e-sign tool, you can sign documents from anywhere, on a mobile device, laptop, or desktop computer. Follow these simple steps to add your digital signature to electronic documents that were designed with e-sign in mind:

  • Click the link in the document that tells you where to sign.
  • A pop-up window will open so you can create your electronic signature in the signature field.
  • Type your name, sign with the computer's mouse, or upload an image of your signature. If you have a touchscreen device, you can just use your finger or a stylus to sign.
  • Click Apply to add your signature to the document.
  • Select Click to Sign at the bottom to complete your e-signature.

You can e-sign almost any type of document. It's a faster and easier way of getting consent or approval on electronic documents or forms. (But consider using a digital signature when you need to validate a signature for a higher level of security.)

Find other ways to create, edit, collaborate, sign, and share documents you've e-signed using Adobe Acrobat Sign.