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How do I add a signature in Microsoft Word?

How to sign your life away using Word. Photo by Scott Graham on Unsplash

Microsoft Word is still one of the most popular apps for creating quotes, contracts and other documents that require a signature. While there are several ways to add a signature in Microsoft Word, the two most common are to include a signature line for someone to sign after printing or to insert a handwritten signature into your document. Let’s take a look at both these approaches.

Adding a signature line in Microsoft Word

A signature line creates a location in your document for someone to sign. If you need a signature after you print the document, adding a signature line offers a professional way to do just that.

To add a signature line, first make sure you are at the area within your Word document where you need the signature to be. Now click the Insert tab and then Signature Line. You should find the signature line icon within the Text section of the ribbon menu.

Insert Signature Line option in Microsoft Word

A signature setup box will now appear. You can use this box to include details, such as the signer’s name, title and email address. You can also include any instructions for the signer that you may wish to add. These details will then appear next to the signature line.

signature line set up in Word

Now click OK and the signature line will appear in your document ready to sign when printed.

Signature line in document

Adding a handwritten signature in Microsoft Word

Sometimes you need a signature inserted into your document before you print or send it. Adding a handwritten signature requires a little more effort but, once done, has the advantage of always being available to drop into a document.

To add a handwritten signature in Word, you need to first sign your name on to some white paper. Next, use your camera or scanner to take a copy and upload it onto your computer. The photo or scan needs to be in one of the following formats: .bmp, .gif, .png, .jpg.

Scan of handwritten signature

You can now insert the signature as a picture or add it to a signature line.

Adding the signature as a picture

To add the signature a picture into your Word document, first make sure you are in the area of your document where the signature needs to be. Now click on the Insert tab and then select the Pictures icon from the ribbon menu.

Insert Picture in Microsoft Word

The Insert Picture window will now open. Next, locate and highlight your uploaded signature. Once selected, click the Insert button.

Insert picture into Word

The signature will now appear in the document. If it appears too big, you can simply adjust the size by dragging the sizing handles available around the signature.

Adjust size of picture in Word

Adding the signature into a signature line

To add your signature into the signature line, first create and insert a signature line into your document as described above. Once added, double click your signature line and choose Select Image from the sign window that appears.

Select image in Sign Window

An Insert Pictures option will now appear. When it does, click on From a File.

Inset Pictures Option - select from a file

Now find and highlight your uploaded signature and, once chosen, click the Select button.

Select picture for signature line

Next, click Sign and your signature will appear in your document on your signature line.

signature line in document with handwritten signature

A final tip

You may find that the background to your scanned signature isn’t white enough and looks out of place in your document.

If that is the case, you can use the free online Image Background Remover by Adobe to quickly whiten things up. Just be aware that you’ll have to sign in or create an Adobe account to download your adjusted image.

How to insert a background image in Word

About the author

Mark Parvin

I have worked with and wrote about computers, video games and consumer tech for more years than I care to admit.
I currently run my own IT support business and write about the wonders of tech whenever I can.

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