Sign PDF documents

You can sign a document to attest to its contents or approve the document. Based on the intent, you use different types of signatures.


This document provides instructions for Acrobat DC and Acrobat 2017. If you’re using Acrobat XI, see Acrobat XI Help. And, if you’re using Acrobat 8, 9, or 10 see previous versions of Acrobat Help.

Sign a PDF

To sign a PDF document or form, you can type, draw, or insert an image of your handwritten signature. You can also add text, such as your name, company, title, or the date. When you save the document, the signature and text become part of the PDF.


You can also capture a picture of your signature on mobile using Adobe Acrobat Reader mobile app and save it in Adobe Document Cloud so that it’s synced and available for use across your desktop and other mobile devices. For more information, see Capture your signature on mobile and use it everywhere.

  • Open the PDF document or form that you want to sign.

  • Choose Tools > Fill & Sign.

  • To add text, such as your name, company, title, or date, drag and drop your personal saved information from the right hand pane onto a form field.

    Alternatively, you can use Add Text  in the toolbar. Click at the place in your document where you want to add the text, and start typing. Use the field toolbar to make appropriate changes.

  • Click the Sign icon  in the toolbar, and then choose whether you want to add your signature or just initials.

    Add signature or initials


    If you have already added signatures or initials, they are displayed as options to choose from.

  • If you’ve already added your signature or initials, just select it from the Sign options, and then click at the place in the PDF where you want to add your signature. Skip to the next step.

    If your are signing for the first time, you see the Signature or Initials panel. Below is an example of the Signature panel.

    Type, draw, or import a signature image

    You can choose to type, draw, or import a signature image. Added signatures and initials are saved for future use.



    Type your name in the field. You can choose from a small selection of signature styles; click Change Style to view a different style.


    Draw your signature in the field.


    Browse and select an image of your signature.

    Save Signature

    When this check box is selected, and you’re signed in to Acrobat Reader or Acrobat, the added signature is saved securely in Adobe Document Cloud for reuse.

    Click Apply, and then click at the place in the PDF where you want to place the signature or initial.

  • To move the placed signature or initial, click the field to highlight it and then use the arrow keys. To resize or delete the field, use the options in field toolbar.


If you want to use an image as your signature:

  • Sign your name in black ink on a clean, blank sheet of white paper. Sign in the middle of the paper so you don’t photograph or scan the edges.
  • Photograph or scan your signature. If you are taking a picture of your signature, make sure that the page is lit and that no shadows fall across the signature.
  • Transfer the photo or scan to your computer. Acrobat/Reader accpets JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, TIF, and BMP files. You do not need to crop the image. Acrobat/Reader imports just the signature if the photo or scan is fairly clean.

Send and track your signed PDFs

You can send signed PDFs to others and get notified when recipients view it using the Send & Track service. A copy of your document is stored in Adobe Document Cloud account so that you can easily access it later. You can sign in to the account with your Adobe ID.

  • When the document is complete, click Send & Track in the right hand panel under Send Options. For further instructions, see Send & Track help.

Get PDFs signed by others using Adobe Sign

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.