UW Digital ID (Mac) - Digitally signing a PDF in Adobe Reader

This document provides instructions for digitally signing a PDF in Adobe Reader.

Important Notice: Only some versions of Adobe Reader are able to utilize the UW-Madison digital certificate. If you are attempting to digitally sign a PDF document and are unable to do so, it is likely that your version of Adobe Reader does not support it. You should consult your version of Adobe Reader help from within the application or contact the DoIT Help Desk for assistance.

Digitally signing a PDF document

  1. Begin by opening the PDF document you would like to sign with Adobe Reader

  2. Select Sign > Sign Document from the toolbar (or Advanced > Sign & Certify > Sign Document).

    The toolbar of Adobe Reader is shown with the Sign menu displayed and the Sign Document option highlighted

  3. A window will appear as shown below requesting that you use your mouse to draw the area where you would like the signature to appear.

    A window instructing you to select the area in which you would like the signature to appear

  4. Select the identity with which you would like to sign the document and click Sign. Note that this identity is likely to be your University of Wisconsin-Madison digital certificate.

    A window in which an example digital certificate is highlighted

  5. You will be prompted to save the document. Save the document with a new name if you don't wish to overwrite the original. Your document is now signed. You may receive an error about the signature not being trusted, but recipients will still be able to verify that the document was signed by you.

    The signed documenting containing the digital signature







Keywords:Digital certificate signature PDF adobe acrobat public key infrastructure pki adobe encrypt uw digital id   Doc ID:9662
Owner:Steven T.Group:Digital ID
Created:2009-04-19 19:00 CDTUpdated:2016-01-13 23:09 CDT
Sites:Access Management Services, Digital ID, DoIT Help Desk, DoIT Tech Store
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