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Insert an Electronic Handwriting Signature in Google Docs easily.

The scripted name or legal mark of an individual, handwritten by that individual and executed or adopted with the present intention to authenticate a writing in a permanent form. Handwritten signatures are generally required for informed consent, especially as related to a clinical trial.

Google Docs is one of the world’s most popular word processors.

What you might not know is that it’s possible to add electronic signatures to your Google Docs without ever leaving your document window. As more companies and individuals opt for virtual signatures and eliminate the burdensome process of hand-signing documents, this has become a critical feature for many organizations.

Unfortunately, creating electronic signatures isn’t as easy as scribbling your name on a document. There are different ways to sign, and how you choose to do so can determine whether your signature is considered legally valid.

Let’s take a closer look at what you need to know when creating electronic signatures and e-signing documents in Google Docs.

While digital signatures have become a popular way to sign documents, you may have a document of your own where you just want to handwrite your signature. Using Google’s drawing tool, you can create and insert your signature easily.

Let's Discuss the Steps for creating and inserting a signature in Google Docs.

  • start creating a new signature, visit Google Docs, sign in, and open your document. Place your cursor in your document where you want to insert the signature. In the menu, click Insert > Drawing and choose “New.”

  • The Google drawing tool opens with a big, blank canvas for your signature. Click the Select a Line drop-down box and pick “Scribble.”

  • Draw your signature using the plus sign that appears. You can make it a single, flowing line or a few put together. If you have one, you may want to use your iPad as a drawing tablet for this.

  • Next, you can adjust the line color, width, or style if you like. Select the signature or each piece of it and choose a tool drop-down box for your options.

  • When you’re happy with the signature, click “Save and Close” to insert it into your document.

  • The drawing tool will close, and you’ll return to your document with your signature ready to go.

Let's Discuss now the steps of Edit or Position Your Signature in Google Docs

Once you place the drawing into your document, it appears as an image. This allows you to choose its position in relation to the other text and adjust the size and rotation. You can also edit it after you insert it if needed.

  • Select the image and use the options in the floating toolbar that appears beneath. You’ll see options to edit the signature (which reopens the drawing tool), arrange the signature with the text, or view all image options.

  • You can also resize the signature by dragging a corner or edge or aligning it in the document using the options in the toolbar.

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