Microsoft Word is pretty powerful when it comes to signatures. In this article we’ll clarify as much as possible:
Plus many other topics! Here's the most complete guide, with actionable step-by-step instructions and pictures.
We aim to make this as concise as possible in order to save you time. So let’s get right into it.
1. Open up Microsoft Word
2. Click “Insert” in the top bar
3. Click “Drawing”
4. Make sure you click “Draw” as the 2nd option → then select a pen
5. Start drawing your signature
6. Click “Save and Close”
7. Once you signature is added, make sure you resize it, as MS Word makes it full-width by default. Voila! That’s your signature.
Naturally, this works better on a laptop with a touchpad, rather than with a mouse.
An easier way to draw your signature in Word is using an online signature maker like SignHouse. Our app allows you to draw a signature for free and insert it in Word.
But if that’s not your situation, then the next section might be better for you...
We’ll assume you already have a picture of your signature. Don’t have one?
Learn how to scan your signature first. In that guide, we explain the easiest ways for you to digitize a signature so you can use it for Word.
Alternatively, we have a guide dedicated to adding a wet signature in Word, where we teach you how to scan your signature + how to insert it in Word.
That’s it! But you might want to:
With SignHouse, you can also learn how to add a handwritten signature in Word.
You can create a signature line in Word by clicking "Insert" > "Add a Signature Line". Then, fill in the details and click "OK", and click anywhere on the document to place your signature line.
There are 3 main ways to do this.
After that, make sure you double-click on the freshly-placed horizontal line.
A sidebar will open up where you can alter the settings of this line to your liking
NOTE: This does not work on a Mac! So before you spending the time, know that it doesn’t exist on your MacBook or iMac (for now, at least). Though, we've worked something out for Mac users: add a signature in Word on Mac.
And that’s it - your signature line is now placed in the document. This helps and makes your document ready to sign and sent for signing.
Electronically sign a Word document without printing it in a few steps:
Our free tool lets you add a signature in Word 100% for free.
Use the box above to upload your document and sign it. No need to download an app when you can do it online.
That's it. You've just learned how to draw your signature in Word!
Absolutely! To do so:
Our signatures are 100% legally binding, as SignHouse is built around US and International Laws concerning digital signatures. SignHouse eSignatures are on par with paper signatures, from a legal point of view!
Signing papers digitally started being equal to physical, handwritten signatures in the U.S. eSignature Act of 2000 (U.S. Federal Act) + the Uniform Electronic Transaction Act (UETA). As a consequence, laws in other countries have followed suit. SignHouse is built around these laws.
Yes you can! You can either draw a signature by hand, or add one if you already have it
To draw a handwritten signature in Word:
This will definitely work better on a laptop with a touchpad, rather than with a mouse on a desktop device. Or, probably the best way, with a pencil on a tablet.
To add a handwritten signature in Word:
Absolutely, that's possible.
In Microsoft Word you're able to hand-draw your signature and then even place it on a document.
Check out Section 1 of our guide here (with pictures and step-by-step instructions!).
Ch Daniel is the co-founder of SignHouse and chairman of the CH Group. Daniel is leading the development of SignHouse's product, as well as strategising how else the company can reach its main mission: empowering 100M+ to use the world's most efficient document organisational tools.