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Insert Digital Signature Field - Acrobat 2019

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Feb 19, 2019

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I'm having trouble inserting digital signature fields in Acrobat. Searching online alludes to several options that appear to have changed in the newest version, so the actions are no longer applicable. I am using Acrobat Pro DC Version 2019.010.20091 on Windows.

Most solutions online refer to a "Digital Signature" field type, however this seems to be replaced with the "Signature" and "Signature Block" fields. When using these I found both to be unsatisfactory and nigh indistinguishable as seen in the screenshot below. The upper right field is a "Signature Block" and the one immediately below it is a "Signature," yet they both appear the exact same.

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Both also appear as just printed text. Seeing how the designer of the form (not myself) has designed it with both "Signature" and "Print Name" columns, this would be redundant. I instead want to prompt the user to input a digital signature. What am I missing?

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Did you tick the box that says "this document requires signatures" when creating it (or something to that effect)?

If so, you've created an Adobe Sign form. To change it back to a "normal" form, click on Tools - Prepare Form and then click on "More" at the right side of the window and then on "Revert to Acrobat Form".

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Insert Digital Signature Field - Acrobat 2019

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I'm having trouble inserting digital signature fields in Acrobat. Searching online alludes to several options that appear to have changed in the newest version, so the actions are no longer applicable. I am using Acrobat Pro DC Version 2019.010.20091 on Windows.

Most solutions online refer to a "Digital Signature" field type, however this seems to be replaced with the "Signature" and "Signature Block" fields. When using these I found both to be unsatisfactory and nigh indistinguishable as seen in the screenshot below. The upper right field is a "Signature Block" and the one immediately below it is a "Signature," yet they both appear the exact same.

Acrobat Signature Fields.PNG

Both also appear as just printed text. Seeing how the designer of the form (not myself) has designed it with both "Signature" and "Print Name" columns, this would be redundant. I instead want to prompt the user to input a digital signature. What am I missing?

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Did you tick the box that says "this document requires signatures" when creating it (or something to that effect)?

If so, you've created an Adobe Sign form. To change it back to a "normal" form, click on Tools - Prepare Form and then click on "More" at the right side of the window and then on "Revert to Acrobat Form".

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Did you tick the box that says "this document requires signatures" when creating it (or something to that effect)?

If so, you've created an Adobe Sign form. To change it back to a "normal" form, click on Tools - Prepare Form and then click on "More" at the right side of the window and then on "Revert to Acrobat Form".

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Thank you! That did it. That is a confusing feature.

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It is... Very bad user design.

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I searched for an hour to try to find out where this could be hiding. I even tried the web-based Adobe Document Cloud to see if there were different options online to the desktop client.

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THANK YOU try67! I was having the same problem, and this exactly the answer I needed! 

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I do agree with what try67 has said regarding selecting the option of "this document requires signatures" prior to starting of creating the form however I am using Adobe Acrobat XI version and there was no button to insert any Digital Signatures. I had to click on "Save as other" and select "Certified PDF..." option to arrive at the position to insert the Digital Signature field. I had to sweat and struggle until today to arrive at this point. 

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