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Two-Minute Drill – How to Add a Digital Signature to a Google Doc

If you’re in sales or business development (or even if you’re just an everyday person doing something like buying a house), you know it: trying to e-sign documents is a royal pain. Who wants to go through the hassle of printing/scanning/emailing/faxing? (And that’s if you can even find a fax machine these days.)

Most online providers aren’t much better. You have your choice of a few different enterprise electronic signature software packages that each require you to jump through a lot of hoops…and then only work half the time.

What most people don’t know is that you can quickly sign documents using Google Drive/Google Docs without any of the above hassle. If you’re using Gmail or a Google Apps account, check out this quick hack. You’ll be glad you did:

…and that’s pretty much all there is to it. Happy e-signing!


Video Transcript: How to Digitally Sign a Google Doc

Hey everyone! Thanks for checking out this week’s Two-Minute Drill.

Today I’m going to show you a quick tip in Google Drive or Google Docs: I’m going to show you how to sign a document using Google Docs.

A lot of people don’t know you can do this, and so if you’re like me you physically sign contracts or NDA’s or whatever they may be. But a lot of times you just want to open a document really quick, throw a signature on it and send it off – you don’t want to have to deal with opening up some software program or document program. So this technique to sign documents with Google Drive or Google Docs can work perfect for that.

I’m going to go ahead and open up this test document. You can see down here, I put in a signature block and from here it’s pretty simple.

All you’re going to do is insert drawing. And from drawing, you’re going to choose your line and you’re going to want to make sure you’ve selected scribble. And from here it’s just like signing any other web document: you’re just going to use your mouse to sign. Throw that beautiful web signature on there and it inserts it as an image. Then you can shrink this up, make it fit the document better, and you are good to go.

From here, obviously you can just download that as a word doc or a .pdf – whatever you need it to be – and send it off. Pretty helpful little tool that I find myself using all the time.

And that’s how you sign a document in Google Drive or Google Docs, hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for watching and we will see you next week.


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