How to Enable Freehand Electronic Signatures in Excel

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A common request I’ve gotten over the years is “how can I enable someone to sign their name electronically” within an Excel spreadsheet. In my latest installment I will walk you through exactly how to do so through a built-in Excel tool.

While Excel does offer a Signature Line feature on the Insert tab that can be used to mark a document as final, this article will focus the Scribble drawing tool in Excel that anyone can use with their mouse or even finger on a touch-enabled stylus.

To add any sort of freehand text to an Excel spreadsheet:

  1. Choose the Insert menu in Excel 2007 and later.
  2. Click the Shapes command.
  3. Choose Scribble either from the Recently Used Shapes section or at the end of the Lines section.
  4. Your cursor will change to a pencil icon while the Scribble tool is enabled.


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About David Ringstrom, CPA

David Ringstrom

David H. Ringstrom, CPA, is an author and nationally recognized instructor who teaches scores of webinars each year. His Excel courses are based on over 25 years of consulting and teaching experience. His mantra is “Either you work Excel, or it works you.” David offers spreadsheet and database consulting services nationwide.


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Aug 23rd 2016 08:05

Thanks for the great article...The diagram explanation is really useful for the beginners...e signature provides the confidentiality of the document....

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