This is how you can create an Electronic Signature

Discover how to create an electronic signature with our easy step-by-step guide. You will be amazed at how simple it is!

“I need to sign a document and send it it off ASAP, but I don’t know how!!”

Oh, we hear you. Loud and clear.

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Forget the printer, scanner, photocopier, and fax machine and let us take you on a journey to the world of digital.

To self-sign a document that either belongs to you or has been shared with you, simply follow these easy steps.

1. Sign up for SignEasy

Sign up for SignEasy, the #1 e-signature app, to get your electronic signature. We offer a 14-day no-obligation free trial for you to get started.

We won’t take any payments until after the free trial period is over – we promise! – and you can cancel at any time.

You can sign up from your desktop, tablet, or smartphone using our mobile app on both Android and iOS.

Discover how to create an electronic signature

Once you’ve signed up, you will have full access to your personal SignEasy dashboard. How cool is that?

Top tip! Get to know the SignEasy dashboard with this 2-minute video clip


2. Upload the document you need to sign

Click on the blue Start Signing button in the top left corner of the dashboard.

You can choose between two options. To self-sign, click Sign Yourself.

This feature is exactly what it sounds like: choose this option if you are signing a document for yourself. A snazzy little window will open up, where you can select the document you wish to upload from your desktop or mobile device.

Discover how to create an electronic signature

If you are using the web version from a desktop or laptop, check out the video below to learn how to add your signature.

If you need to create an e-signature on an Android device, follow the instructions in the video below.

Are you an Apple fan?

We also have video instructions for creating an electronic signature on your iOS device, such as an iPad or iPhone.


Which document formats can I e-sign?

One of SignEasy‘s many benefits is that all document formats are welcome. You can upload any of the following:

  • PDF
  • MS Office (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt)
  • OpenOffice (.odt, .ods,. odp)
  • Text (.txt)
  • HTML
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)
  • CSV
  • Images (.jpg, .bmp, .png, .tiff)

Once your file is uploaded, the SignEasy elves (they’re real, we swear) will change the document format into PDF for easy signing, no matter what type of file you uploaded initially.

We use PDF to ensure that we are creating the most secure file possible. From this point forward, whether you choose to email or download the document, it will be a PDF.

Did you know: electronic signatures are legally binding in most countries around the world. We are globally recognized and compliant with the ESIGN Act and eIDAS.

3. Create an electronic signature

You’re nearly there. It’s time to create an electronic signature with your own hands!


If want to create text that looks like handwriting, simply type your name and select the handwriting-style font that suits you best. We only recommend this option for exceptional speed and convenience, or if you wish to keep your personal signature style completely confidential.


No stylus? No problem! The SignEasy signature maker acts like ink on your screen, allowing you to draw with your finger or mouse.

Watch the video below for more details.

Upload your own signature

If you already have a slick-looking signature ready to go, click the upload button.

Don’t forget to click OK to save it.

Once the e-signature is saved to your account, you can drag and drop it into any document, whenever you need it. How simple was that?

Discover how to create an electronic signature

A few other magical tools to use in SignEasy

Add your name

You can easily add your name to any document. SignEasy will automatically use the name you signed up with. If you need to change your name, click on Account, then navigate to the Edit Profile page. Once you make the change, click Save. Ta-da!

Add today’s date

Want to timestamp your signature? Drag and drop the little calendar icon into your document.

Add your email address

If you need to change your email address, click on Account, then navigate to the Edit Profile page. Again, once you make the change, remember to click Save.

Add your initials

If you need to initial each page of your document – which is handy if it is a long or legally binding document – you can drag and drop your initials right in.

Add notes or text to the document

If you want to add comments or text to a document, simply drag and drop ‘Add text’ and type inside the box that appears.

Add a checkbox

Nothing says “I agree!” like a sleek checkbox. Again, drag and drop. You might notice a pattern here – drag and drop is your new best friend.

4. Share your signed document

Once you’ve made all the necessary annotations and added your autograph to your document, it’s time to share. To do so, click Finish, the big green button in the top right-hand corner.

Top tip! If you run out of time before you’ve finished, you can always click Save as Draft. To continue, simply can log back into your dashboard and click “Originals,” or use the search button to find your document by name.

Download your electronically signed document

There’s a big green button in the top right-hand corner of the dashboard. Click it. Your document will download automatically and save to the default folder on your device (this is usually the Downloads folder).

Email your electronically signed document

When your document is open, you will see a little envelope icon. Click the icon and enter the recipient’s email address in the “To” field. You can also add a message if you so choose, and save it by clicking OK. As if by magic, your document status will turn from Pending to Completed!

The recipient will receive an email with a PDF attachment. The subject line will be “You have received new documents from {your email address} via SignEasy”.

Wait – how does SignEasy actually work?

SignEasy is a cloud-based storage system that allows you to send and store documents securely using SSL encryption.

Join our family of 5 million+ signees

Our e-signature solution is the easiest, cheapest, and most efficient way to send a signature to anyone in the world. Let our technology simplify your life.

Create an electronic signature today and don’t look back.

Not to brag or anything, but we’re pretty popular with Apple, as well as leading business media outlets including Forbes, Inc., and TWN. We hope we can find our way into your heart too!

“SignEasy is fast, efficient and saves us a lot of hassle.” – Kathy Winchell, HR Director, Dalhart ISD

This is just the beginning of your electronic signature journey.

Before long, you will be requesting signatures, integrating the SignEasy system into all your favorite business tools, and signing offline or in-person like a pro.

Need more advice and friendly tips?

Head to our Support center, which is bursting at the seams (in an organized way!) with useful information on how to get started.

You can also get in touch with one of our 24/7 online chat support team via the dashboard.

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