How to Add a Signature to a Google Doc

It's all about a steady hand to recreate your signature in Google Docs.
Michael Michael (175)

Oftentimes, we don't want to have to use multiple pieces of software to finish editing a document, but would rather just stay in Google Docs. The good news is that you can your signature right in Google Docs, without having to save as a PDF, add a signature, and then convert the PDF to a Google Doc.

Here's how to add a simple signature and sign a Google Docs.

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Cursor for signature Google Docs

Place your cursor on the document where you want the signature to appear. (Don't worry you can always move the signature around later if needed.)

signature for google docs

There's no direct option for inserting a signature in Google Docs, but you can easily insert a signature as a "Drawing" in Google Docs.

Open drawing editor

  • Go to Insert.
  • Choose Drawing.
  • Select New +.

Choose to draw with a scribble line

line selector Google Docs
  • Open the line type selector (shown above).
  • Choose Scribble.

Draw your signature

howchoo signature in google docs

Carefully draw your signature, using the scribble line editor. Note that when you release your mouse, the line will end. It's useful to craft your signature in stages, so you can go back and redo your work if need be.

Save and close

Click Save and Close when finished.

resize signature google docs

Once the signature is inserted, it's likely to be too large for your document. You'll need to click on the signature and drag the blue box to resize the signature in Google Docs.

Hint: If you plan to use your signature in Google Docs a lot, then you should be sure to save this somewhere easy to access in Google Drive. Then, when you need the signature again, you can just open this document and copy and paste it into the new one.

Choose "Download."
Michael Michael (175)

If you're looking to share your Google doc as a PDF, then you'll need to convert it. You don't actually "save" a Google Doc as a PDF file; you "download" the Google Doc as a PDF file.