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Adobe - Creating a digital signature using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

Instructions for how to create a digital signature in Adobe.
Note:  This example is Adobe Acrobat Pro DC.  If you find these instructions do not work for your version of Adobe, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 608.342.1400 or

1. Open Acrobat Reader and navigate to the "Preferences" menu, as show below:

2. Under the "Categories" menu, choose Signatures. Then, next to "Identities & Trusted Certificates," click More.
Preferences Dialog Box

3. Click Add ID, then select A new digital ID I want to create now, and lastly click on Next.
Add ID

4. Ensure that "New PKCS#12 digital ID file" is selected, as shown below. Then click Next.

5. Fill out the appropriate portions of the window below.  Do not change "Country/Region," "Key Algorithm," or "Use digital ID for." Click Next.
Fill in Info

6. Choose a password for your digital signature.  Note:  If you forget this password, you will have to create a new digital signature as there is no password recovery mechanism. ITS cannot reset your password. Click Finish.
Set password

7. View your new digital signature.  You can now use your digital signature to sign Adobe Acrobat forms.
Review Signature

If you have questions, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 608.342.1400 or  You may also visit the Help Desk on the first floor of the Karrmann Library.

Keywordssign approve PCard P card   Doc ID98386
OwnerMarilyn P.GroupUW Platteville
Created2020-03-02 15:39 CDTUpdated2021-10-14 13:57 CDT
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