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Have you ever got a PDF file by email, and you had to sign it and send it back by email? You have to print the PDF file, then you sign the printed copy, then you have to scan that paper back into a new PDF file and save it to your computer, then email it back to whoever sent it to you. Some of the apps you’re already using like Word or Acrobat can already attach a signature to a document for free. But if you need to sign digital documents on a regular basis or you’re just looking for something a little simpler, there are apps for your computer, tablet, and smartphone that can make signing digital documents even easier.

First of all, lets see the difference between these: electronic signatures and digital signatures, for all that they sound alike, are two different things. An electronic signature is simply an image of your signature added to a document while a digital signature is encrypted data that proves the document came from you. For some purposes, a simple electronic will be fine, but for more important documents, a secure digital signature is highly recommended. So how do you do it? The following is the way on how to sign documents electronically without printing and scanning-

In Windows Using Adobe Reader DC Application

Step 1: First of all if you want to sign a document using Adobe Reader, then open the PDF document in the Adobe Acrobat Reader DC application.

Step 2: Now, click on “Fill & Sign” option on the right-hand side of the application.

How to Electronically Sign PDF Documents without Printing and Scanning

 

Step 3: Next, you have to click on the “Sign” button on the toolbar and select “Add Signature” to add your signature to Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.

How to Electronically Sign PDF Documents without Printing and Scanning

NOTE: This might not be the best way to send your signature as it won’t look like your signature. So, for a better way, you can send your signature either by drawing or by an image.

Step 4: Now, you have to click on Sign option at the top and select the option you want to place your signature. (For me, the best way is by adding the scanned image of your signature) 

How to Electronically Sign PDF Documents without Printing and Scanning

Step 5: Now, enter the image of your signature and click on the Apply option.

How to Electronically Sign PDF Documents without Printing and Scanning

Your signature will be added to the document and you can easily send the document to whom you want to.

In Android Using Adobe Acrobat Reader

Step1: First open the document in which you want to add the signature in Adobe Acrobat Reader application.

Step2: Tap on the signature icon to add the signature.

How to Electronically Sign PDF Documents without Printing and Scanning

Step3: Now, click on the pen icon located at the bottom right of the window to add your signature.

How to Electronically Sign PDF Documents without Printing and Scanning

Step4: Next, click on the Image icon to add the image of your scanned document and once you add your signature click on the Done option.

How to Electronically Sign PDF Documents without Printing and Scanning

 

How to Electronically Sign PDF Documents without Printing and Scanning

In iPhone and iPad Using iOS Mail app

Step1: Firstly, you have to open the PDF format file and then click the “Markup and Reply” icon present at the bottom right corner of the screen.

Step2: As soon as you are done, you will be able to add a signature by tapping the signature button at the bottom right corner of your screen.

Step3: Finally, when you tap “Done” option, the Mail app will automatically add the signature to the document attached. So, you can now send the document to anyone you want to.

In Linux Using Xournal Application

In Linux, adding a signature to documents is a bit harder and complicated. Xournal is the best app for signing or adding an image of a signature in Linux.

Step1: First, you have to install Xournal from your Linux distribution’s software installation tool.

Step2: Next step is you have to open the PDF file and click the Tools > Image menu option. In this step, you will be able to add your signature in the document.

That’s it! This is how you are going to Electronically Sign PDF Documents without Printing and Scanning.