How to Change PDF Properties to Allow a Digital Signature

By Theon Weber

Applying a digital signature to a PDF document demonstrates that a particular person has read and approved of the document. Anyone opening a PDF in Adobe Acrobat can add a signature, but users of the less full-featured Adobe Reader normally cannot. If you have Acrobat, however, you can change a PDF's settings to allow signing by Reader users.

Step 1

Open your PDF in Adobe Acrobat, by double-clicking it or by using Acrobat's "Open" command in the "File" menu.

Step 2

Open the "Advanced" menu and click "Extend Features in Adobe Reader."

Step 3

Click "Save." Adobe Reader users opening your PDF will now be able to apply digital signatures.

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