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How to Sign an Electronic Document with Your Actual Signature

You get an important PDF document that requires a signature. You could print it out, sign it with a pen, scan it and send it back. Or you could skip the hassle altogether and do it all on your computer like the modern, tech-savvy woman you are. Yes, it’s totally possible and actually pretty easy. Here’s how to do it:

Step 1: Open the PDF you need to sign in the Preview application on your Mac. If it’s not sitting on your dock, just go to Finder, then Applications, search for “Preview” and, boom, it should show up.

Step 2: On Preview’s menu bar at the top of your screen, go to “Tools.” Scroll down to “Annotate,” click on “Signature,” then “Manage Signatures.” This will prompt you to a small screen, where you can choose between drawing your signature through Trackpad or taking a photo of it using your computer’s camera. We suggest snapping a photo because it’s much easier.

Step 3: To do that, sign a plain white piece of paper in black pen. Hold it up to your camera so that it matches up to the blue line that will appear on your screen. When you’re satisfied with the results, hit “Done.”

Step 4: To sign the PDF, go back to “Tools,” then “Annotate,” then “Signature” (you’re an old pro now), then select the signature you just inputted and drag it anywhere on the PDF. Resize or move it around until you’ve signed on the dotted line.

If you’re a PC user: You can achieve the same results by using Adobe Reader--or by using a free app like CudaSign, which lets you upload documents directly from your email and sign them with your finger.

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