How To Make A Wet Signature In Word (2024)

Create and add a wet signature in Word: Write your signature on paper, take a picture of it, and upload it in the Word document.
How To Make A Wet Signature In Word (2024)
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December 29, 2023
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Want to add your wet signature in Word? In this post, we'll teach you how to turn your physical signature into an electronic handwritten signature for Word.

An electronic signature saves time compared to a wet signature. That's why you can digitalise yours and add it to Word documents in seconds.

Without any further ado, let's check out how to do this.

How to add a wet signature in Word (for free)

  1. Write your signature on paper;
  2. Take a picture of it;
  3. Transfer the picture to your computer;
  4. Insert your signature image in Word.

Alternatively, you can use an online signature generator like ours to turn your wet signature into a digital one and insert it in Word. Use the box below start:

It's 100% free to create an electronic signature with us.

Now, let's get back to the guide and go into detail on every step of the process.

1. Write your signature on paper

First of all, you want to grab a piece of paper and write your signature on it.

Wet signature on a piece of paper

We suggest taking a white, blank piece of paper and write with a black, blue, or red pen when writing your signature.

An easier way to do this would be to draw your signature in Word directly, without having to go through all of these steps.

2. Take a picture of it

Up next, you want to take a picture of your signature so as to later upload it in Word.

How to scan a wet signature for Word

It's very important to take a well-lit picture of your signature. Make sure that no shadows cover your signature so that it will be 100% visible.

The image above shows perfect example of a signature image. Try to take yours as close as possible to that.

Note: You may want to crop the image or zoom in to properly fit the picture. That's what we've done after taking the picture you saw above.

3. Transfer to your computer

Now you want to transfer the picture of your wet signature to your computer, where the Microsoft Word document is.

The easiest way to share the picture of your wet signature for Word to your computer is to email the picture from your phone/tablet to your computer.

Note: If you have Word synced between your computer and the device that you're taking the picture on, you can use Word on the scanning device to upload the signature on the document. By doing so, your changes will automatically sync to the computer.

Feel free to use a cloud service like Google Drive or OneDrive. MacOS and iOS users can use Apple AirDrop to send pictures faster.

For example, if you're using an iPhone to take the picture, you can share it via AirDrop to your MacBook or iMac computer.

Relevant read: How to sign a Word document on Mac.

4. Insert wet signature in Word

Once you have the wet signature's picture in your computer, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Word document;
  2. Select Insert (top-left corner);
  3. Choose Picture This Device;
  4. Locate the image of your wet signature;
  5. Click the image → Insert.
  6. Place your wet signature.
How to add my wet signature in Word

Alternatively, you can also copy your image and paste it anywhere in Word. Then, drag it around and resize it until it fits the profile.

This is the most efficient method to create a wet signature and add it in Word.


How do you make a wet signature?

Create your own wet signature on the spot: Grab a piece of paper > Get your favourite pen > Write your name or initials to represent yourself.

Can I do a wet signature electronically?

Yes, you can create a wet signature electronically. There are multiple ways for it:

  1. Upload a picture of your signature to a signature scanner (our is free);
  2. Print your document, wet-sign it, and then scan the file;
  3. Create your electronic wet signature with a software like ours.

How to add a signature in a Word document?

Adding your signature to a Word document is easy:

  1. Click where you want to add the signature
  2. Select Insert in the top menu
  3. Choose Signature
  4. Add it to the document

Can you add a handwritten signature in Word?

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:

  1. Click “Insert” in the top bar
  2. Select “Drawing”
  3. Make sure you click “Draw” as the 2nd option → then select a pen
  4. Start drawing your signature
  5. Click “Save and Close”
  6. Once you signature is added, make sure you resize it, as MS Word makes it full-width by default. Voila! That’s your signature.

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:

  1. Open up Word
  2. Go to “Insert”
  3. Click “Pictures”
  4. Click “This Device”
  5. Upload your signature’s photo

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