Google Docs is a widely popular online word processor with simple yet effective writing and editing tools. But you probably already know this.
What may not be common knowledge for many people is the app’s capability to add a digital signature.
This post is for you if you’ve always wondered how to add an electronic signature to Google Docs. Fortunately, the process is simple, and just about anyone can do it. Whether you want your Google Docs document to appear more official or you simply want to personalize it, you can do so by adding an electronic signature.
How to Add Signature to Google Docs
Adding an electronic signature in Google Docs is pretty straightforward. All you need is to access the drawing tool.
Here’s how to do it:
- Open a new or existing document in Google Docs
- Place the cursor where you want your signature to appear
- Select Insert from the list of menus on the ribbon
- Click the Drawing sub-menu and then select + New. This opens the drawing window.
- In the drawing window, select the Line tool and choose Scribble
- Next, use your mouse, touchscreen device, or stylus to draw or scribble your signature
- When you are satisfied with your signature, click the Save and Close button at the top right corner of the drawing window
Your eSignatures will be added to your Google doc at the current cursor position.
You can increase or reduce the size of the signature to fit nicely into the space where you want it to go on your document.
To do that:
- Click on the signature
- Click and drag one of the handles to resize the signature
How to Edit a Signature in Google Docs
If for some reason you want to make a few adjustments to your signature, you don’t have to redraw it from scratch. Google Docs’ built-in drawing feature allows you to easily edit your signature.
To do that:
- Click on the signature
- Select the Edit option
- The drawing window opens, allowing you to adjust your signature
Alternatively, you can double-click the signature to take you straight to the drawing window.
Reusing Your Signature
You don’t have to draw a new signature each time you want to use it. Your eSignatures is available and can be inserted into any other Google doc.
This will save you a lot of time and effort if you need to sign multiple documents. The simplest way to reuse the signature is to create a copy of the document that already has your signature.
To do that:
- Open the document with your signature
- Click the File menu from the ribbon
- Select Make a copy
- Type a name for the copy document (new document)
- Select the folder where you want the new document to go
- Click the OK button
Now go ahead and create a new document with your signature already in place. If you would like to adjust the position of the signature, simply drag and drop the image (signature) to a new spot or use the appropriate parameter in the advanced editing options (discussed below).
Using Advanced Editing Options
Google Docs features advanced image options that allow you to make precise adjustments to your signature. You can move the signature to an exact X and Y position on the document, change the text-wrapping style, and make accurate size and rotation adjustments.
To access the advanced editing options:
- Click the signature
- Click on Image options (the three vertical dots at the end of the box)
- Select All image options to see a list of all adjustable parameters
You can make changes to the following parameters:
Size & Rotation
The options included here allow you to change the height and width of your signature. Check the Lock aspect ratio to adjust one parameter without affecting the other or uncheck it to adjust each one separately.
The Text Wrapping options let you make changes to text behavior as it relates to your signature. You can also adjust the top/bottom and left/right margins, allowing you to control the text distance from your signature line.
Use the options in this section to move your signature to precise locations on the document (if you don’t want to drag and drop).
Alternative Methods for Adding Signature in Google Docs (Using Add-ons)
So far, we’ve seen how to add a signature to Google Docs using the simple built-in drawing tool.
However, this tool only offers basic drawing functionality. That means anyone with basic computer skills and access to your document can easily sign legal documents using your identity.
Thankfully, add-ons or third-party tools can offer a more secure and legally binding alternative. With the right add-ons, you can create e-signatures in Google Docs that are difficult to forge.
If you are looking for how to add a signature to Google Docs using reliable add-ons, the following is a quick overview of some of the best options.
PandaDoc creates a signature certificate (with time and date) for improved security. You need a PandaDoc account to use the app as an add-on to Google Docs.
The program is available at different pricing plans starting from $19. It also offers a 14-day trial period.
Here’s how to add your signature to Google Docs using the PandaDoc app:
- Install and configure the program
- Select Add-ons from the list of menus in Google Docs
- Select PandaDoc from the dropdown options
- Click Sign with PandaDoc
- Follow the prompt to create and add your eSignatures to your Google document
DocuSign is an excellent third-party digital signature app that integrates seamlessly with Google Docs. The subscription plan starts from $10 per month for individual users.
You can get the program here or access it from the Add-ons > Get add-on menu in Google Docs.
To use DocuSign to add your signature into your Google Docs, follow these simple steps:
- Select Add-ons in Google Docs
- Select DocuSign eSignature
- Click Sign with DocuSign