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Transferring Digital Signatures Between Laptops

New Here ,
Jun 17, 2017 Jun 17, 2017

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Hello,

I have 2 questions please.  On my old laptop (Dell Vostro with Windows 7) I have Acrobat X Standard which I used to merge and digitally sign pdfs.  I want to buy the most inexpensive software which will allow me to do the same on my new laptop (Dell Inspiron with Widows 10).  So my questions are:

(1) Which Adobe software should I buy

(2) Where can I find and how can I transfer the signatures from the old to the new laptops. I had an image of my signature in cursive writing which I used alongside the digital signature.

Thank you

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Adobe Community Professional , Jun 26, 2017 Jun 26, 2017
2) Go to Edit - Preferences - Signatures - Identities & Trusted Certificates, select your signature profiles and then click on Export.Save them to a data file. Transfer that file to the other computer, and then go to the same location there, this time selecting Add ID - Existing digital ID - From a file. Select the file you created before and you're done.

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New Here ,
Jun 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017

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Can I have help please with this query?

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Jun 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017

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(1) Acrobat DC Standard

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Jun 24, 2017 Jun 24, 2017

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Thank you Bernd.

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Jun 26, 2017 Jun 26, 2017

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2) Go to Edit - Preferences - Signatures - Identities & Trusted Certificates, select your signature profiles and then click on Export.

Save them to a data file. Transfer that file to the other computer, and then go to the same location there, this time selecting Add ID - Existing digital ID - From a file. Select the file you created before and you're done.

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May 11, 2020 May 11, 2020

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I am transitioning to a new MacBook. I have saved the exported Digital ID in all 3 available formats  (.cer  .fdf  and .p7c) but the Add ID process on the new Macbook will not recognize/select any of those formats. What am I missing? 

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May 12, 2020 May 12, 2020

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You must use the files with .p12 or .pfx extension.

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New Here ,
Jun 16, 2020 Jun 16, 2020

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Adobe Reader DC won't export as .p12 or .pfx

It exports as .p7c

This is so frustrating. Why does adobe reader export in a different format to the import in DC?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Jun 16, 2020 Jun 16, 2020

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You have exported the public key.

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New Here ,
Feb 15, 2021 Feb 15, 2021

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The answer marked as correct here only caused frustration, and I discovered it's easier to either find the correct file on your original laptop or just create a new signature.

 

As others noted, Adobe only lets you export in .cer, .fdf or .p7c formats, but you need .p12 or .pfx to send it to your new computer. If you originally created the signature as a  PKCS#12 file, then it should be easy to find that .pfx file in this location on Windows:

Local Disk>Users>username>AppData>Roaming>Adobe>Acrobat>DC>Security

Once that file is transferred, then use the Add ID function

 

In my case using Reader DC, the signature was originally created through the Windows Certificate Store, which left a file with no extension called "reader_fss_signature_initials" in the same location above. I could not figure out any way to export this file as a .pfx, even trying to reach it through the Windows certificate manager. After spending far too much time on this, it was easier to just create a new signature.

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Jul 08, 2021 Jul 08, 2021

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Thank you!

 

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