Sign a PDF document in Windows

Are you looking for a way to sign a PDF on Windows without installing any additional software? You can use Microsoft Edge to sign a PDF using the file viewer’s signing feature.

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Sign a PDF in Microsoft Edge

If your computer doesn’t have Adobe Reader or Microsoft Office, you can use Microsoft Edge to sign a PDF. You just need to sign the file and your mouse or trackpad.

Follow the steps below to sign a PDF on Windows using Microsoft Edge.

  1. Right-click the PDF you want to sign, hover over “Open With,” and click “Microsoft Edge.”

Remark: If you can’t find Microsoft Edge in the context menu options, click “Choose another app” and select “Microsoft Edge” from the list.

How to Sign a PDF in Windows Right-click the menu
  1. In the Microsoft Edge window with the PDF open, click the arrow to the right of “Sign.”
Microsoft Edge File Viewer Drawing
  1. Set the color and thickness for your signature.
Microsoft Edge File Viewer Draw format
  1. Draw your signature on the PDF using your mouse or trackpad.
Microsoft Edge File Viewer sign
  1. To recreate your signature, click “Clear” and then drag the eraser tool onto your signature.
Microsoft Edge File Viewer Erase

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Export a signed PDF from Microsoft Edge

After you sign the PDF, you need to export it to have a signed copy of it. Follow these steps to export PDFs from Microsoft Edge:

  1. Click one of the floppy disk icons in the toolbar at the top.
Microsoft Edge File Viewer Save
  1. If you clicked the first floppy disk icon, your unsigned PDF will be overwritten by the signed version. The second floppy disk icon allows you to save the signed version as a new file.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I sign a PDF with Microsoft Edge without an internet connection?

Yes. Microsoft Edge can open and export PDFs offline and the Draw feature works without an internet connection.

How do I validate a digital signature in Microsoft Edge?

To validate a digital signature in Microsoft Edge, set the “Enable Digital Signature for PDF” setting in edge://flags/ to Enabled. Note that this is an experimental feature and may turn out to be glitchy.

What else can I do with PDFs with Microsoft Edge?

You can rotate, add text, draw, highlight, print, and export PDFs with Microsoft Edge’s file viewer.

Is Microsoft Edge free and available on non-Windows devices?

Microsoft Edge is bundled with Windows operating systems. It cannot be uninstalled, so your Windows computer should have it. You can also install it on macOS, Android and iOS.

Image credit: Pixabay. All screenshots by Natalie dela Vega.

Natalie dela Vega
Natalie dela Vega

Natalie is a writer specializing in technical how-tos and gaming. When she is not writing, she plays PC games and travels. Here at MakeTechEasier, you can see her writing about how-to guides, tips, and solutions for Windows and iOS.

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