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Easy Steps to Add Electronic Signature to PDF

2021-02-23 10:54:29 • by Jason Will
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Did you know that according to the ESIGN Act in the US and eIDAS in Europe, adding an electronic signature to any virtual document holds the same legal standing as signing documents by hand?

That’s right! Inserting electronic signatures in PDFs is considered as a reliable way to get important documents signed. Also, if you’re looking for the highest level of surety about the identity of the signee and the authenticity of the PDF, adding an electronic signature through trusted programs such as Wondershare Document Cloud and PDFelement are ideal choices.

Without further ado, let’s get straight to the main purpose of this article - how to add an electronic signature to PDFs using these two safe and secure programs.

Wondershare Document Cloud

For a reliable PDF signing service, one requires decent cloud storage and an electronic signature feature, which is exactly what you get by using Document Cloud.

Wondershare Document Cloud

All System-supported Platform

Premium 100GB Cloud Storage

High-quality Electronic Signature

Continuously Updated Service

With 100GB of cloud storage and a straight-forward e-signature process, Document Cloud is one of the most convenient document signing services available. Another feature that adds to the feasibility is the fact that it is browser-based. This means that you can easily access it from any device or platform, without having any compatibility issues.

How to Add Electronic Signatures to PDFs Using Document Cloud

Below are step-by-step instructions on how to insert an electronic signature in PDF using Document Cloud.

Step 1: Open the Wondershare Website

Open the website from any platform. Sign in to your Wondershare account and get directed to the main page of Document Cloud.

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Step 2: Upload Required PDF

Click on “Upload Files” to:
(i) choose the PDF file you want to upload from your local device, or
(ii) choose an already uploaded file from your cloud storage.

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Step 3: Add Email Addresses and Other Information

Next, you will be asked to enter the recipient’s email address, after which you can check either one or both of the boxes stating (i) set signing order and (ii) I want to sign the document, according to your requirement.

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Step 4: Add Additional Fields

Add the required signature fields to the PDF file by dragging and dropping them on the document. Click on “Send for Signatures” to forward the documents to the recipients.

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Step 5: Email Notification

The recipients will receive an email notification with a link to the document. By clicking on the link, they will be redirected to the website, where they will be able to fill in the fields and complete the signature.

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Wondershare PDFelement Pro DC

For your convenience to handle documents and put electronic signatures on PDFs, Wondershare has created PDFelement, a desktop-based program, which syncs with Document Cloud to easily access your PDF documents. It is a reliable and safe source to keep your documents secure.

How to Sign a Document Using PDFelement

Following is a step-by-step guide to insert electronic signatures of PDFs using PDFelement.

Step 1: Open PDFelement

Launch PDFelement on your desktop and open the desired file from your local storage.

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Step 2: Edit PDF and Save to Cloud Storage

Upload the PDF to Document Cloud via PDFelement by clicking on File > Share > Document Cloud. Click on “Upload” to save it to Document Cloud.

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Step 3: Initiate a Signature Process Through PDFelement

Click on "Electronic Signature" on the document in PDFelement. This will take you to the website, where you can click on "Initiate" to start the signature process and send the documents to the recipients for obtaining their signatures.

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Adding an electronic signature to your documents in a secure way is what makes it better than handwritten signatures. To ensure that the document and signature is authentic, opting for tools like Document Cloud and PDFelement is a sensible choice.

Wondershare Document Cloud

All System-supported Platform

Premium 100GB Cloud Storage

High-quality Electronic Signature

Continuously Updated Service

So, follow our detailed guide and put electronic signatures on PDFs without any concerns of privacy breaches.

Jason Will

Jason Will

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