I'd like to electronically sign an MS Word document so I can send it over to someone without having to print it and manually sign it.

I have no idea where to begin with this, though. How do you go about it?

Thanks in advance!

  • Sounds like you want to embed an image of your signature? (Rather than applying a digital signature?)
    – Arjan
    Oct 26, 2010 at 16:53

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If you don't have an image of your signature but have a tablet or a multitouch trackpad on the Mac (or, I suppose, the Magic Trackpad) you can look at Autograph

I usually 'print' to PDF, and use PDFPenPro to place my signature image, then flatten the file so the signature image can't be reused. I also then sign the document with GPG, but that might be more than you need.

P.S. I would be careful with embedding an image of your signature, because there's not a lot preventing the other party from using that signature in other documents etc. While I use a picture as well, I place it over a line (wherever the signature line would be in the document) AND flatten the PDF, so it can't be easily copied.

  • ended up going with Adobe Acrobat Pro. Didn't realize that it could create digital signatures for me.
    – Tim Visher
    Oct 26, 2010 at 20:07

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