Add an Invisible Digital Signature To a Microsoft Word Document

Introduction

It’s the old days when we used to manually sign a document using a pen. Today is an era of technology and with continuous improvements, it is now easy and recommended to sign documents digitally. To sign a Microsoft word document digitally you would need a valid certificate installed on your computer and signature settings properly configured. Here we will discuss how to add an invisible digital signature to a Microsoft word document. You could also Digitally Sign a Microsoft Word Document using a signature line.

This method is valid for the Microsoft Word 2010, 2013, 2016 and O365 using your digital certificate.

Adding an invisible digital signature

Step1: Document
Open your document and click “File” as shown below.

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Step2: Add Digital Signature
From the “Protect Document” drop-down menu, click “Add a Digital Signature” as shown below.

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Step3: Commitment Type
Select the “Commitment Type” and then click “Sign“. Commitment type options are shown below in the image.

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Options for commitment type shown below

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Step4: Validation
Put the PIN and then click “OK”.

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Step5: Confirmation
A confirmation pop-up will appear as shown below after a successful PIN validation.

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An invisible digital signature is added to the document. Remember “If the document is changed, your signature will become invalid and you will have to sign it again“.

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SourceKnowledge Base, Internet, Microsoft

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