How to use Google Docs to Sign Documents
With Google Docs, you can easily sign contracts and documents. This is a very simple method use in order to complete a signature within a document without having to purchase a separate paid eSign app such as Hellosign or Docusign.
First, upload the file to Google Drive and convert it to a Google Document. If you already have a Google document, just open the Google document and go to the location on the page where electronic signature is required.
Select 'Insert> Drawing> New' from the top navigation menu of Google Docs.
Then, when the drawing screen appears as shown below, press the 'Line' tool on the right hand side of the arrow and select 'Scribble'.
Now, you are able to draw your digital signature with your mouse and click [Save and Close] to exit.
As shown in the picture below, the signature you have just drawn with the mouse will appear as the electronic signature. You can complete the process by adjusting the size appropriately.
Signatures can also be saved as image files by double-clicking the signature image which will open the 'Drawing' pop-up window. From there, select 'Actions> Download as' which will allow you to save it as an image file such as JPEG or PNG.
Submit for approval in Google Docs
You can further submit the entire Google document for approval. Click 'Add-ons' on the right side menu of Google Docs and select 'Get Add-ons'.
In the add-on pop-up search box, search for and install Collavate, a free publishing approval add-on.
After installation, the workflow app can be displayed on the right hand side. This will enable you to sequentially input the users who need to approve the document. Next, specify edit / view permission for the document. Then you can just override the document, making access to the electronic signature quick and convenient.