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In order to digitally sign a document you first have to create a digital ID.
We show the procedure using Adobe Acrobat Reader DC because this is the tool most people will use to handle PDF files.

Get Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

If you still have installed a previous version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can use the following link to get the latest version:

  • Install Adobe Acrobat Reader DC and follow the next steps

Create a digital ID using Acrobat Reader Preferences

  • Open Acrobat Reader and select Edit → Preferences

  • Select Signatures and then click on More in the Identities & Trusted Certificates section

  • Click on the + icon

  • Select A new digital ID I want to create now and then click on Next

  • We recommend selecting Windows Certificate store.

    With the other option you have to take care of a digital ID file, store it in location you will find later on and remember a password. All this is taken care of when you select the second option.

  • Enter the required information, click Finish and your digital ID is created.

Configure the Appearance of your Signature

When you digitally sign a document, an image will be placed on this document.

You can configure how this image will look like.

  • In the Acrobat Reader Preferences Window, select Signatures and then click on More in the Creation & Appearance section

  • In the Creation and Appearance Preferences Window click on New:

  • Enter a title for this specific appearance, then select Imported graphic and click on File

  • Select an image in PDF format - e.g. a scanned signature saved as PDF file

You can create multiple appearances for your digital ID and use them as appropriate when digitally signing PDF documents

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