How to sign using a certificate in Acrobat XI and Reader
Donna Baker February 21, 2014
- Under the Sign pane, open the Work with Certificates panel, and click Sign with Certificate.*
- When the Info dialog opens, click Drag New Signature Rectangle.
- Drag an area on the page to place the new signature field.
- In the Add Digital ID dialog, choose A new digital ID I want to create now, and click Next at the bottom.
- Leave the New PKCS#12 digital ID file option selected, and click Next at the bottom.
- Type identity information to use with the digital ID, such as your name and email address. Click Next at the bottom.
- Choose a location to store the digital ID, and create a password. Click Finish at the bottom.
- In the Sign Document dialog, click the Appearance drop-down and choose Create New Appearance.
- Name the signature appearance. Configure the contents of the new signature, such as a graphic and what text items to show.
- Click OK to return to the Sign Document dialog, showing the new appearance automatically. Type in your password and click Sign at the bottom.
- Choose name and storage settings and click Save.
- The new signature and appearance displays on the page.
*To allow others to sign using a certificate in Adobe Reader 11.0.06 or earlier, the PDF needs to be reader-enabled first in Adobe Acrobat Pro.