How to Remove a Digital Signature from a PDF

Hi! I’m Shawn Jordison and welcome to The Accessibility Guy blog. In today’s post, we’re learning how to remove a digital signature from a PDF using Adobe Acrobat Pro.

Video Guide

Why remove a digital signature?

You might be wondering why you’d want to remove a digital signature in the first place. Here are some reasons:

  • Editing: A signed document is often locked. Removing the signature enables edits and corrections.
  • File Transfers: Some organizations require unsigned documents.
  • Multiple Signatures: Adding new or more signatures requires a document reset.

How to remove a digital signature from a PDF

  1. Open your signed PDF and find the digital signature field.
  2. Right-click on the digital signature field.
  3. Choose “Clear Signature.”
Removing a digital signature from a PDF.

Note: This will remove all the formatting that the signature imposed on the PDF. It’s now unlocked and you can make any needed changes to the file.

How to remove the signature field

If you want to completely get rid of the signature field:

  1. Navigate to “Prepare a Form” and select the signature field.
  2. Press the “Delete” button.
Removing the signature field on a PDF.

Important considerations

  • Secure the Document: After removing the digital signature, make sure to re-secure your PDF if it contains sensitive or private information.
  • Check Legal Requirements: In some cases, removing a digital signature may have legal implications. Always check the legal terms before removing a digital signature.
  • Keep Backups: It’s a good idea to keep a backup of the signed PDF before removing the signature, especially if it is a legal or important document.

By following these steps, you can easily remove a digital signature from a PDF. Always remember to handle your documents with care, especially when dealing with signed or legally binding files.

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