Signing a document
What you should know
Signing a document embeds the information certified by your digital signature into the document, identifying you as the person who approves or takes responsibility for its content.
Before you begin
To sign a document
- Open a document in ConsignO
- Click the Sign button in the main view or right-click in the signature zone and select Sign.
- In the Signature wizard, make the following selections:
- Select your digital certificate from the Signature Certificate selection drop down.
- Select the Signature appearance from the list. This list can be modified in the Preferences . A preview of the selected appearance will appear.
- Select the signature Reason from the list or type directly in the Signature Reason field.The list can be modified in the Preferences
- Select if you want to Display the signature reason, the date and/or custom text on the signature. Your selection(s) will appear in the appearance preview.
- You can also select not to apply a signature appearance. In this case, you have an invisible signature. See Visible vs invisible signatures to understand the difference.
- In the Save options section, select what you want to do with the signed file:
- Overwrite initial file
- Rename the file
- Select a new destination folder
- To certify the document, select Certify in the Advanced Options and select the restrictions to apply:
- Allow signing in existing zones
- Allow no further modifications
WARNING! Certifying a document creates many limitations. You need to know the entire document life cycle for all parties involved throughout the life of the document (which is often decades), and be confident that no additional signature will be needed by one party throughout this period. Furthermore, certifying a document limits the long term document reliability as the certification forbids re-time stamping to ensure long-term document integrity.
- Click Sign
You now have a signed or a certified document for your archives.