2 Replies Latest reply on Apr 15, 2016 1:42 PM by IsakTen

    How do I create signature with Adobe Acrobat 9 pro?


      My review of available documentation on creating signature indicate that I should find the "signature preference" window but I can find this.

      Could they be referring to another version and if so, how do I create a digital signature with Adobe Acrobat 9 pro?

      The source refers to the following:


      Right-click the signature field, and select Sign Document or Certify With Visible Signature.

      You can also create an appearance using the Signature preferences: Edit > Preferences > Signatures (Windows) or Acrobat > Preferences > Signatures (Mac OS).


      9 Pro does not show "signatures' option on preferences list.

      Jayne Leuterman

        • 1. Re: How do I create signature with Adobe Acrobat 9 pro?
          George_Johnson MVP & Adobe Community Professional

          To create a signature appearance in Acrobat 9, select: Edit > Preferences > Security


          and you should see where you can add and edit a digital signature appearance.

          • 2. Re: How do I create signature with Adobe Acrobat 9 pro?
            IsakTen Level 4

            Do not confuse digital signature with its appearance. Digital signature is a special encrypted block of data which contains the digest of all bytes in the document. To create a digital signature you need to have a signing certificate (Digital ID). There are organizations called Certificate Authorities (CAs) that produce signing certificates. Acrobat allows you to create your own digital ID (signing certificate) with diminished features. It is still good to try signing. It ensures the integrity of teh document (that it was not changed) but does not provide proof of who the signer is (the name that appears in the certificate cannot be verified) nor means to invalidate the certificate if it is stolen. (Signing certificates produced by CAs have the latter two features).

            As to the appearance of a digital signature, it is something that just tells you that the document is signed and some info about the signer. Acrobat will create a default appearance which should be good enough for the start.

            Acrobat UI changed several times between version 9 and current DC, so when you read documentation make sure that it applied to your version (9).