One friend came to me and complained about the function of adding a signature to PDF by Adobe Reader. She said it was annoying that all of the signing options gone gray when she was about to add the signature to PDF file. And she also asked me for a way out.

In fact, the Adobe Reader is no more than a PDF reader. To edit a PDF file, you need a professional editor such as the Wondershare PDFelement. Although it is not so famous as the Adobe Acrobat and the Adobe Reader, it can do better work than they in editing. It can help you add a certified industry-standard digital signature to a PDF file to make it convenient for you to move forward on your business.

In fact, the Adobe Reader is no more than a PDF reader. To edit a PDF file, you need to the professional editor such as the Wondershare PDFelement. Although it is not so famous as the Adobe Acrobat and the Adobe Reader, it can do better work than they in editing. It can help you add a certified industry-standard digital signature to a PDF file to make it convenient for you to move forward on your business. Also, get to know more about DocuSign Alternatives.

Part 1. PDFelement is a professional tool to add digital signature to PDF

Wondershare PDFelement is an all-in-one PDF editor and management, which not only can add signature to PDF files in an simple and easy way, but also lets you convert PDF to PNG, PDF to PPTX, or convert TXT to PDF, DOCX to PDF, Photo to PDF, etc. With this complete PDF solution, it's just simple clicks to get your PDF to create, edit, convert and sign.

Part 2. Add Signature to PDF via the professional software

Here is a step-by-step tutorial on adding a digital signature to PDF file by PDFelement.

Step 1. Download and install the PDFelement

Download the PDFelement on your computer, and install it following the guidance on the pop-up box. It is noticeable that there are two different versions for both the Windows users and the Mac users. You can only download the right version for your computer, so please keep an eye open on that.

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Step 2. Launch the PDFelement to Add Signature to PDF Files

Double click the shortcut ton the desktop to open this application. Then tap on the menu “Open” to find the PDF file that you want to add a digital signature to.

Step 3. Add Digital Signature to PDF file now

After that, go to the menu “Protect” and choose “Sign Document” to sign the PDF file digitally. Simply move your mouse over the PDF file on the primary window, and click to draw an area for the digital signature. Then there will be a prompt box “Sign Document”.

Step 4. Make settings and sign the PDF file

If this is your first time to add signature to PDF with the help of this PDFelement, please click the button “New ID” to create a new ID with your name, company name, email address, and the like firstly. After that, you can find your digital ID in the box of the “Add Digital ID”. On the “Sign Document” box, choose the ID that you want to sign to the “Sign As” and then click on “Sign”.

Tips:

  1. If it is the first time that you add a signature to the PDF files with the PDFelement, you need to create a new ID for yourself by clicking on “New ID”. You may be asked to input your name, company name, email address, and so on. It is OK to do it because it is safe.
  2. If you already have an ID for the PDFelement, just click on “Browser…” to import it.
  3. After creating a new ID or importing the ID, go back to the box of “Sign Document” to select your ID into the “Sign As”.
  4. If you want to add a signature to PDF with credibility, you need a certificate-based digital ID issued by a trust third party certificate authority.

It is easy and convenient to sign your PDF files with Wondershare PDFelement. Just give it a try!

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