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 sign up or purchase any Adobe product to sign the agreements.

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.

 

Get documents signed by others

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.

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

Steps:

  1. Open the PDF you want to have signed in Acrobat or Acrobat Reader.

  2. Click Fill & Sign in the right pane or choose Tools > Fill & Sign. The Fill & Sign tool's window is displayed.

    Fill & Sign landing page

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    If you don't see this new Adobe Sign interface, update your Acrobat DC to the latest version. To automatically update from Acrobat DC, choose Help > Check for updates. Follow the steps in the Updater window to download and install the latest updates.

  3. Click Others. The Add Signers option is displayed.

    Adobe Sign landing page
  4. 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. (If you don't want to use the Advanced Options, skip the next optional step.)
    4. (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
  5. 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.

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

    • If you've added one signer, 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
    • 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.
    Add signature fields in the document
  7. 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 section below.

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.

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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 > For Signature. All the documents shared for signature are listed.

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Enterprise users

  1. In the Home > For Signature, 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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