# Document signature

1. May 29, 2016

### mathman

At times I receive a document through e-mail which requires my signature and return. What I do now is print out the document, sign it, scan the signed copy back into the computer, and return via e-mail.

Is there a program which would allow me to sign the document directly on the computer (without printing) and return it?

2. May 29, 2016

### StevieTNZ

What format are the documents you are receiving? Word, PDF?

3. May 29, 2016

### ProfuselyQuarky

I do this all the time. Adobe PDF let's you write on the document and so does the newest version of Word.

EDIT: Shoot, Stevie beat me to it

4. May 29, 2016

### Borg

Maybe you could upload a picture of your signature and paste it into the document?

5. May 29, 2016

### StevieTNZ

That is usually what I do, as well.

But if you are getting PDF's and don't have Adobe Acrobat (compared to Adobe Reader), would you be able to edit the PDF to enable pasting a pic of your signature in the appropriate area?

6. May 29, 2016

### ProfuselyQuarky

That seems really impractical. But perhaps I'm different.

7. May 29, 2016

### StevieTNZ

I only do it because the device I have isn't compatible with my current laptop. Need to get a newer one!!

But of course I'm not doing this on official documents. I rarely get forms emailed to me that need filing out and a signature.

8. May 29, 2016

### ProfuselyQuarky

What "device" do you speak of? :) I've got a graphics tablet that I use all the time. It makes writing on the computer as easy as writing on paper, too. Do you mean something like that?

9. May 29, 2016

### StevieTNZ

10. May 30, 2016

### mathman

Thanks for the replies, but I am somewhat limited. My computer is an old-fashioned PC so I don't have any stylus or anything like that. The only freely moving instrument I have is the mouse - cursor. Documents are often PDF and I have Adobe Acrobat Reader DC.

11. May 30, 2016

### ProfuselyQuarky

As long as you have a way for plugging a USB type A plug into your PC, it shouldn’t matter how old your computer is . . . . and graphic tablets run quite cheap. Since you wouldn’t be using it for rigorous digital design/art, you could find one for as low as $40 to$50.

12. May 31, 2016

### StevieTNZ

Are the PDF's form formatted, where Adobe Reader allows you to insert text (or tick a box) at various input points?

13. May 31, 2016

### mathman

I don't know. What do I look for?

14. May 31, 2016

### StevieTNZ

Ah, I see. You're only after requiring the PDF to be signed, and the rest intact. Never mind.