How to Electronically Sign a PDF Document using Adobe Acrobat Reader?

When you create a document on Windows PC. After creating the document, if you need to send it via Email then you’ll need to first print out the document, sign it and after you scan and send it via Email. This process takes lots of time and if you don’t have a Printer or Scanner then it is much harder to sign a document.

Here you’ll learn how to quickly Electronically Sign a PDF document using Adobe Acrobat Reader. So you can easily Electronically sign & send a document without Printing and scanning.

Add Electronic Signature on a PDF Document

How to Add Electronic signeture on PDF documents using Adobe Reader

  • Open the PDF file with Adobe Acrobat Reader and click on the “View” Menu.
  • In the View Menu Go to Tools>Fill & Sign> and click on “Open”.
  • Now “Fill & Sign” option will open.

Add Electronic signeture on PDF documents using adobe reader

  • To Create a new Electronic Signature, Click on Sign icon and you will see a menu and choose the Add Signature+ option from it.
  • Now the Signature creation dialog box will appear. Here you’ll see three tabs: Type, Draw, and Image.

>Type: With this option, you can simply type your name using any installed font.

>Draw: This is the main option, which allows you to draw an Electronic signature like you’re using a Pen.

>Image: You can insert an image file which consists your Signature. Means you have created Signature on paper and later then scanned and stored it into your PC Drive. So you have the option to attach that Signature into the PDF file.

Draw an Electronic signeture on a pdf document using Adobe reader

  • Here, we will create an Electronic Signature using Draw option because this option will help you to draw the exact sign that you are regularly done with a normal pen. To create click on Draw button and drag the mouse same as you’re writing with a PEN. And also don’t uncheck the Save Signature check box if you want to use this Signature in the future. After drawing your Signature click on Apply button.
  • Now you have successfully created Electronic Sign, that you can place anytime in the PDF documents by holding and dragging the mouse.

Insert an Electronic signeture on a pdf document using Adobe reader

As well as, if you have not unchecked the Save Signature option in the Draw dialog box, then your signature will be saved in the place of Add Signature + option.

Saved Electronic signeture on Adobe reader

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How to Remove Electronic Signature from Adobe Acrobat Reader.

If you’re thinking to remove Electronic Sign from Adobe Acrobat Reader then the process is also similar. You’ll need to go to the View Menu>Tools>Fill & Sign>Open.

Now Click on the Sign button and then choose Θ icon from the menu. Which will available next to your Signature. After clicking the icon your Sign will be removed.


  • You can store only one Electronic Signature at a time but the Second Sign can be stored using Add Initials + option. Which is also same as Add Signature option.
  • Electronic Signature and Digital Signature is different from each other. A digital signature is secure cryptographically and encrypted with Public or private signing key and can be only authorized by you. So no one can apply it on a document without your permission. But Electronic Signature is not a digital signature, It is an image of your actual sign. Which means anyone can apply your Electronic signature in any document without your permission.


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I'm Pramod Yadav, the person who owns and leads PCMobitech. I really love technology, and I know a lot about the digital world. This passion pushes me to create interesting content. I mainly write about Windows, Android, iOS, VPNs, and keeping things secure online. I make helpful articles, guides, and share tips & tricks to help you understand and use these things better.

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