How to Insert a Signature in Google Docs

Sign your life away using the scribble feature

There are lots of reasons you might need to insert a signature in Google Docs. The good news is that it's ridiculously easy to do using the Insert menu. Here's what you need to know, including how to edit your signature if something changes.

How to Sign a Google Doc

Follow these steps to start signing your life away.

  1. Place your cursor in the place where you want your signature on your document.

  2. On the menu, click Insert.

  3. Click Drawing.

  4. Click New.

    Insert menu showing the Drawing option
  5. In the Drawing screen that appears, click Line.

  6. Click Scribble.

  7. Draw your signature in the grayed out boxed area using your mouse or, if you have a touch screen, your fingertip or stylus.

  8. When you're satisfied with your signature, click Save and Close.

    The Drawing menu showing the Line option and a signature

Your signature now appears on your document.

How to Edit Your Signature

If you don't like how your signature turned out or something else is wrong, you can edit it in several ways. In the document, click the signature to reveal the blue text box and you'll see two Edit menus: one on the bottom left of the text box and one on the right side of the screen.

Image editing menu options

The Edit menus offer a variety of choices. You can use either menu to find three key options:

  1. Size & Rotation: Where you can adjust the width and height of the signature or lock its aspect ratio.
  2. Text Wrapping: Which can place the signature inline, wrap text around it or place it on its own line.
  3. Position: Which lets you fix the location of the signature, move it with the text or select from custom options.

To edit, use the appropriate menu option for what you want to do. The signature adjusts as you make different choices; you can always use the Undo button on the main menu toolbar if you don't like something you've tried.

How to Move Your Signature Inside Your Document

It's a bit tricky to move the signature box around but it's not impossible. The easiest way is to drag and drop it where you want: Hover the mouse over the signature; when you see the cursor change to a four-sided arrow just drag and drop the signature where you want it.

You can also try these quick moves:

  • Place your cursor to the left of the signature box and use the tab key on your keyboard to move it to the right.
  • Place your cursor on the line just above the signature box and press Enter on your keyboard to space the box downward.

If you place your cursor to the right of the signature box and press the Backspace key, your signature is removed from the document.