How to electronically sign documents in google docs
Do you need to add your signature to a Google Doc to make it more formal or for legal purposes? Here are two free alternatives of adding an electronic signature to your Google Docs.
Alternative 1 - Use Google Docs drawing tool
Add a signature to Google Docs Step by step guide:
How to guide:
- Place cursor where you want to add your signature
- Click Insert >Drawing > new
- Choose scribble under the line
- Write signature
- Click save and close
- Resize signature to fit your page
Signing a legal contract? Or have a client that needs to sign?
The above method is easy to use. But not considered a legally binding electronic signature. (read what is an electronic signature)
Method 2. Add one or more legally binding electronic signatures.
How to guide:
- Click on File > Download > PDF document (.pdf)
- Upload PDF here
- Add recipients and sender
- Click send
Why Google draw signature is not legally binding.
An electronic legally binding e-signature on your Google Docs form (alternative 2 above) is in most cases the best suitable option.
In comparison with drawing your signature with the Google draw function an e-signature is traceable and protects the integrity of the document. This means that it is mathematically possible for a third party to determine if the document has been changed after the signature was made.