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Electronically Sign a PDF in Adobe Reader


At times it is necessary to add a signature to PDF forms. Typically, this involves downloading the document, printing, signing, scanning the signed document and then sending it back. You can eliminate many of these steps by installing Adobe Reader for Windows or Mac.

To Install Acrobat Reader

  1. Go to https://get.adobe.com/reader/
  2. Click on the Install Now button. 
    a.  By default,  Acrobat Reader will install the Reader Chrome Extension and Google Chrome. These are optional and do not need to be selected.
  3. When the installation is complete, click Finish.

To Fill Form and Sign Document

  1. Open the document and fill out any form fields.
  2. When you are ready to add a signature, click the Fill and Sign option in the left menu.
  3. This will open up the Sign menu at the top of your document.
  4. Click the Sign button and select Add Signature
  5. Type your name in the signature line.
    • Optional – click Draw to create a custom signature
    • Optional – click Change style to change the font
  1. Place your signature on the document and resize by dragging the corner of the box.
  2. Save your document.
Last Updated: 6/27/22