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Create a Digital Signature


In dealing with a variety of forms or paperwork at UToledo, you may be asked to add a digital signature to a document.

What are digital signatures?

A digital signature is a form of electronic signature that uses a virtual fingerprint to identify users and protect information. They are used to build trust between customers and businesses.

How do I create a digital signature?

To create a digital signature for use at UToledo, you will need either Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat.  To download Adobe Reader go here:  https://get.adobe.com/reader/

  1. When you first open either application, you should see a menu on the right side of the window.

  2. Adobe Menu
  3. Click on Fill & Sign.

  4. Who needs to fill and sign?
  5. At the Who needs to fill and sign? window, select You

  6. Fillable fields available
  7. You will see the notification window that the document has fillable fields.

  8. Your digital signature
  9. Fill out all fields required and navigate to the Digital Signature box (signified by red signature flag)


  10. Configure new digital signature
  11. Click on the Configure New Digital ID button.

  12. Create new digital signature

  13. Select Create a new Digital ID.

  14. Digital ID destination
  15. You can select to save the ID to a file or to Apple Keychain (macOS only). Click Continue.
  16. Self-signed ID
  17. Fill out the Self-signed Digital ID fields and click Save.

    1. Adobe Signed Doc

You should now be able to click on signature fields and use the new signature to attach to the document.

Last Updated: 7/7/20