Send PDF documents for signature

You can get documents signed by others using the Send for Signature tool, which relies on cloud services provided by Adobe Sign. It lets signers quickly sign documents from anywhere using a web browser or mobile device. Signers are not required to sign-up or purchase any Adobe product to sign the documents.

The Send for Signature tool also helps you track the entire signing process. The tool sends an email to your signers asking them to sign a document. Once signed, both you and your signers receive the signed PDF by email.

Get PDFs signed by others

Supported file types for signing

Besides PDF, you can send Microsoft Office files, various image files, HTML files, and text files for signing. Supported file types are: DOC, DOCX, RTF, XLS, XLSX, PPT, PPTX, TXT, CSV, HTML, HTM, TIFF, TIF, BMP, GIF, JPG, JPEG, and PNG.

Note: Complete your edits before you sign. Changes made to the document after it is signed can invalidate the signature.



  • Open the PDF you want to have signed in Acrobat or Acrobat Reader.

  • Click Send for Signature in the right pane or choose Tools > Send for Signature. The Send for Signaturelanding page is displayed.

    Send for Signature interface



    If you don’t see this new Send for Signature interface, update your Acrobat or Acrobat Reader to the latest version. To automatically update from Acrobat or Acrobat Reader, choose Help > Check for updates. Follow the steps in the Updater window to download and install the latest updates.

  • Do the following:

    1. In the To field, add recipient email addresses in the order you wish the document to be signed.
    2. Change the default text in the Message area as appropriate.
      Optional: If you want to add more people just for information, use the Add CC button to add their email addresses to the CC list.
    3. If you want to add more documents, click Add Files and then browse and select the documents.
    4. Click Next.
  • The document is now ready for adding fields that you want the signers to fill in or sign.

    Drag fields from the tabs in the right pane and drop the fields where desired in the document.

    Note: If you have added multiple documents, the documents are converted into PDFs and combined into a single file. The combined file is opened for you to add appropriate fields.

    Add signature fields in the document


  • When you’ve placed all desired fields in the document, click Send. The document is sent for signature to the recipients and a confirmation notice is displayed.

    Sent for signature confirmation


    You receive an email from Adobe Sign stating that the documents have been sent to the first signer for signature. The first signer also receives an email with a link to sign the document. When the signer adds his or her signature in the signature field and then clicks the Click to sign button, the document is sent to the next signer with a link to sign, and so on. Everyone gets a copy of the signed document.


    Signers are not required to sign-up or purchase any Adobe product to sign the documents. They can sign documents from anywhere using a web browser or mobile device.

    All your signed documents are kept at one place and you can access them from anywhere. For more information, see the Track documents sent for signature section below.

Track documents sent for signature

You can track which files are out for signature, signed, or waiting for your signature.

  • In the Home > Sent view, click Manage Documents Sent for Signature. The Adobe Sign Manage page is displayed in a new browser window.

    Track documents send for signature