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  1. Acrobat User Guide
  2. Introduction to Acrobat
    1. Acrobat DC tutorials
    2. What's new in Acrobat DC
    3. Create PDFs with Acrobat
    4. Rotate, move, delete, and renumber PDF pages
    5. Edit text in PDFs
    6. PDF to Word – How to convert PDF to Word
    7. PDF to JPG– How to convert PDF to JPG
    8. Convert or export PDFs to other file formats
    9. Get started with Acrobat DC
    10. Navigating PDF pages
    11. Workspace basics | Acrobat DC
    12. System Requirements | Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, Adobe Acrobat Standard DC
    13. Workspace basics | Acrobat DC 2017, Acrobat DC Classic (2015)
  3. Workspace
    1. Workspace basics | Acrobat DC
    2. Workspace basics | Acrobat DC 2017, Acrobat DC Classic (2015)
    3. Viewing PDFs and viewing preferences
    4. Navigating PDF pages
    5. Adjusting PDF views
    6. Keyboard shortcuts
    7. Connect your online storage accounts to access files in Acrobat
    8. Grids, guides, and measurements in PDFs
    9. Flash Player needed | Acrobat, Acrobat Reader
    10. Display PDF in browser | Acrobat, Acrobat Reader
    11. Updating Acrobat and using Adobe Digital Editions
    12. Opening PDFs
    13. Asian, Cyrillic, and right-to-left text in PDFs
    14. Acrobat in Mac OS | Acrobat Pro
    15. Access Box files in Acrobat, Acrobat Reader
    16. Access Dropbox files in Acrobat, Acrobat Reader
    17. Access OneDrive files in Acrobat, Acrobat Reader
    18. Access SharePoint files in Acrobat, Acrobat Reader
    19. Access Google Drive files in Acrobat
    20. Enable thumbnail preview of PDFs in Windows Explorer
    21. Document Cloud notifications
  4. Creating PDFs
    1. Create PDFs with Acrobat
    2. Create PDFs with PDFMaker (Windows)
    3. Print to PDF
    4. Scan documents to PDF
    5. Overview of PDF creation
    6. Using the Adobe PDF printer
    7. Converting web pages to PDF
    8. PDF fonts
    9. Creating PDFs with Acrobat Distiller
    10. Adobe PDF conversion settings
  5. Editing PDFs
    1. Edit PDF using Acrobat DC
    2. Edit text in PDFs
    3. Edit images or objects in a PDF
    4. Rotate, move, delete, and renumber PDF pages
    5. Edit scanned PDFs
    6. Enhance document photos captured using a mobile camera
    7. Optimizing PDFs
    8. PDF properties and metadata
    9. Links and attachments in PDFs
    10. PDF layers
    11. Page thumbnails and bookmarks in PDFs
    12. Action Wizard (Acrobat Pro)
    13. PDFs converted to web pages
    14. Setting up PDFs for a presentation
    15. PDF articles
    16. Geospatial PDFs
    17. Applying actions and scripts to PDFs
    18. Change the default font for adding text and fallback font for editing PDF
    19. Delete PDF – How to delete pages from PDF
  6. Scan and OCR
    1. Scan documents to PDF
    2. Enhance document photos captured using a mobile camera
    3. Edit scanned PDFs
    4. Troubleshoot scanner issues when scanning using Acrobat
  7. Forms
    1. PDF forms basics
    2. Create a form from scratch in Acrobat
    3. Create and distribute PDF forms
    4. How to fill in PDF forms
    5. PDF form field properties
    6. Fill and sign PDF forms
    7. Setting action buttons in PDF forms
    8. Publishing interactive PDF web forms
    9. PDF form field basics
    10. PDF barcode form fields
    11. Collect and manage PDF form data
    12. About forms tracker
    13. PDF forms help
    14. Send PDF forms to recipients using email or an internal server
  8. Combining files
    1. Combine or merge files into single PDF
    2. Rotate, move, delete, and renumber PDF pages
    3. Add headers, footers, and Bates numbering to PDFs
    4. Crop PDF pages
    5. Add watermarks to PDFs
    6. Add backgrounds to PDFs
    7. Working with component files in a PDF Portfolio
    8. Publish and share PDF Portfolios
    9. Overview of PDF Portfolios
    10. Create and customize PDF Portfolios
  9. Sharing, reviews, and commenting
    1. Share and track PDFs online
    2. Mark up text with edits
    3. Preparing for a PDF review
    4. Starting a PDF review
    5. Hosting shared reviews on SharePoint or Office 365 sites
    6. Participating in a PDF review
    7. Use annotation and drawing markup tools to add comments in PDFs
    8. Adding a stamp to a PDF
    9. Approval workflows
    10. Managing comments | view, reply, print
    11. Importing and exporting comments
    12. Tracking and managing PDF reviews
    13. Adobe Document Cloud for Outlook
  10. Saving and exporting PDFs
    1. Saving PDFs
    2. PDF to Word – How to convert PDF to Word
    3. PDF to JPG– How to convert PDF to JPG
    4. Convert or export PDFs to other file formats
    5. File format options for PDF export
    6. Reusing PDF content
  11. Security
    1. Enhanced security setting for PDFs
    2. Securing PDFs with passwords
    3. Manage Digital IDs
    4. Securing PDFs with certificates
    5. Opening secured PDFs
    6. Removing sensitive content from PDFs
    7. Setting up security policies for PDFs
    8. Choosing a security method for PDFs
    9. Security warnings when a PDF opens
    10. Securing PDFs with Adobe Experience Manager - Forms Server (Document Security)
    11. Protected View feature for PDFs (Windows only)
    12. Overview of security in Acrobat and PDFs
    13. JavaScripts in PDFs as a security risk
    14. Attachments as security risks in Acrobat DC and Acrobat Reader DC
    15. How to allow or block links to the Internet in PDFs for all or selected websites
  12. Electronic signatures
    1. Sign PDF documents
    2. Capture your signature on mobile and use it everywhere
    3. Send documents for signature
    4. About certificate signatures in Adobe Acrobat
    5. Certificate-based signatures
    6. Validating digital signatures
    7. Adobe Approved Trust List
    8. Manage trusted identities
  13. Printing
    1. Basic PDF printing tasks
    2. Print Booklets and PDF Portfolios
    3. Advanced PDF print settings
    4. Print to PDF
    5. Printing color PDFs (Acrobat Pro)
    6. Printing PDFs in custom sizes
  14. Accessibility, tags, and reflow
    1. Create and verify PDF accessibility (Acrobat Pro)
    2. Accessibility features in PDFs
    3. Reading Order tool for PDFs (Acrobat Pro)
    4. Reading PDFs with reflow and accessibility features
    5. Edit document structure with the Content and Tags panels (Acrobat Pro)
    6. Creating accessible PDFs
  15. Searching and indexing
    1. Creating PDF indexes
    2. Searching PDFs
  16. Multimedia and 3D models
    1. Add audio, video, and interactive objects to PDFs
    2. Adding 3D models to PDFs (Acrobat Pro)
    3. Displaying 3D models in PDFs
    4. Interacting with 3D models
    5. Measuring 3D objects in PDFs
    6. Setting 3D views in PDFs
    7. Enable 3D content in PDF
    8. Adding multimedia to PDFs
    9. Commenting on 3D designs in PDFs
    10. Playing video, audio, and multimedia formats in PDFs
    11. Add comments to videos (Acrobat Pro)
  17. Print production tools (Acrobat Pro)
    1. Print production tools overview (Acrobat Pro)
    2. Printer marks and hairlines (Acrobat Pro)
    3. Previewing output (Acrobat Pro)
    4. Transparency flattening (Acrobat Pro)
    5. Color conversion and ink management (Acrobat Pro)
    6. Trapping color (Acrobat Pro)
  18. Preflight (Acrobat Pro)
    1. PDF/X-, PDF/A-, and PDF/E-compliant files (Acrobat Pro)
    2. Preflight profiles (Acrobat Pro)
    3. Advanced preflight inspections (Acrobat Pro)
    4. Preflight reports (Acrobat Pro)
    5. Viewing preflight results, objects, and resources (Acrobat Pro)
    6. Output intents in PDFs (Acrobat Pro)
    7. Correcting problem areas with the Preflight tool (Acrobat Pro)
    8. Automating document analysis with droplets or preflight actions (Acrobat Pro)
    9. Analyzing documents with the Preflight tool (Acrobat Pro)
    10. Additional checks in the Preflight tool (Acrobat Pro)
    11. Preflight libraries (Acrobat Pro)
    12. Preflight variables (Acrobat Pro)
  19. Color management
    1. Keeping colors consistent
    2. Color settings
    3. Color-managing documents
    4. Working with color profiles
    5. Understanding color management

You can get documents signed by others using the Fill and Sign tool, which relies on cloud services provided by Adobe Sign. It lets signers quickly sign agreements from anywhere using a web browser or mobile device. Signers are not required to purchase any Adobe product to sign the agreements.

Watch a quick video tutorial and get started


Sign your PDF documents and share them with others now. Click Get Started to launch Acrobat:  Get Started

Get documents signed by others

Complete your edits before you sign. The signed agreement is certified by Adobe Sign. Edits to the signed agreement will lose the certification.

An email is sent to the signers asking them to sign the agreements. Once signed, both you and your signers receive the signed PDF by email. You can track the entire signing process in Acrobat DC or Acrobat Reader DC from Home > For Signature.

Supported file types for signing

Besides PDF, you can send Microsoft Office files, various image files, HTML files, and text files for signing. Supported file types are: DOC, DOCX, RTF, XLS, XLSX, PPT, PPTX, TXT, CSV, HTML, HTM, TIFF, TIF, BMP, GIF, JPG, JPEG, and PNG.


Steps:

  1. Open the PDF form in Acrobat or Acrobat Reader, and then choose Tools > Request Signatures or Adobe Sign.

  2. The Adobe Sign window is displayed. Do the following:

    1. In the Signers field, add recipient email addresses in the order you want the document to be signed.
    2. Change the default text in the Subject & Message area as appropriate.
      Optional: If you want to add more people just for information, use the Add CC button to add their email addresses to the CC list.
    3. If you want to add more documents, click Add Files and then browse and select the documents.
    Adobe Sign window

    If you don't want to use the Advanced Options, skip the next optional step.

    d. (Optional) Click More Options, if you want to specify advanced options, such as signer authentication, reminders, and more.

    • By default, the Complete in Order setting is turned on. The numbers by the email addresses reflect the participation order. If you do not want to follow any particular order for signing, toggle the switch to Complete In Any Order.
      (Optional) Click Add Me, if you want to be included as a signer of the document.
    • Specify authentication type like Email, Password, Social Identity, Knowledge-Based Authentication, or Phone.
    • Password Protect the PDF file.
    • Set a Completion Deadline.
    • Set Reminder for the recipients to take action.
    • Specify the Recipient's Language in the email sent.
    Adobe Sign - Advanced Options
    More or Advanced Options

  3. Click Specify Where to Sign or Next.

    The document is now ready for adding fields that you want the signers to fill in or sign.

    Note:

    If you have added multiple documents, the documents are converted into PDFs and combined into a single file. The combined file is opened for you to add appropriate fields.

  4. The Specify Where to Fill & Sign window is displayed showing options based on whether you have added one signer or multiple signers.

    • Simplified mode for single signer
      If you've added one signer, the Advanced Edting mode is off, and you see the simplified option as shown below. To place a signature or another field, click at the desired location in the document and then set the field's properties from its context menu.
    Specify where to fill and sign

    • Simplified mode for multiple signers
      This mode provides simplified authoring with the capability of assigning fields to multiple signers. When you select a signer from the right pane and add fields in the form, the fields are assigned to the signer. That means those fields will be available to the signer for filling the information and signing the form.
    Simplified mode for multiple signers

    You can switch the assignee of any field using the floating toolbar. The assigned colors to the signers make it easy to distinguish the fields for respective signers.

    Floating toolbar
    Floating toolbar

    Choose signer
    Choose signer

    See more fields
    Choose the field type

    • Advanced mode for multiple signers
      If you've added multiple signers, you see the options as shown below. Click the  button to place the detected form fields in the PDF document. Alternatively, drag fields from the tabs in the right pane and drop the fields where desired in the document.
    Advanced mode for multiple signers

    Note:

    You can switch between simplified mode and advanced mode for multiple signers. To switch mode, turn off the Advanced Editing switch in the right-pane.

  5. When you've placed all desired fields in the document, click Send. The document is sent for signature to the recipients and a confirmation notice is displayed.

    Sent for signature confirmation

    You receive an email from Adobe Sign stating that the agreements have been sent to the first signer for signature. The first signer also receives an email with a link to sign the agreement. When the signer adds his or her signature in the signature field and then clicks the Click to sign button, the agreement is sent to the next signer with a link to sign, and so on. Once the agreement is signed by all the signers, everyone gets a copy of the signed agreement.

    All your signed documents are kept at one place and you can access them from anywhere. For more information, see the Track documents sent for signature.

Signer's experience

A signer receives an email with a link to sign the agreement. Also, if the signer uses Acrobat DC or Acrobat Reader DC desktop application, the signer sees a notification that an agreement has been shared for signing. For more information, see Sign an agreement.

Note:

Signers are not required to sign up or purchase any Adobe product to sign agreements. They can sign agreements using a web browser, mobile device, or Acrobat DC / Acrobat Reader DC desktop application.

Track agreements sent for signature

Available in Acrobat DC

You can track which agreements are out for signature, signed, or waiting for your signature.

Individual and Team users

Go to Home > Sign > All Agreements. All the documents shared for signature are listed.

Enterprise users

  1. In the Home > Sign > All Agreements, click Open Adobe Sign.

    Open Adobe Sign

  2. The Adobe Sign Manage page is displayed in a new browser window.

    Track agreements sent for signature


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