Think that signatures are only for printed documents? Think again. Digital signatures are becoming increasingly popular, because they help with internal control and authentication of your files. It also helps acknowledge receipt of a file and its contents. Let’s learn how to insert a signature in Microsoft Excel.
How to Insert a Signature in Excel
Imagine that you’re sharing an important file, and you need to have signed verification that it has been received. With Excel’s Signature Line feature, you can do exactly that.
Keep in mind, this feature only works on Microsoft Windows. It isn’t yet built into Windows for Mac, for example.
To begin, click into a cell in an area where you’d like to place a signature. Then, go to the Insert tab on Excel’s ribbon.
Over on the right side, you’ll see the Text dropdown menu. Click here, then choose Signature Line.
Excel will launch the Signature Setup menu box. Here, you have several choices to make. Suggested Signer is the desired recipient; simply type the appropriate name into the box. Below, you can input the signer’s title and email address, along with instructions on how and when to sign.
Lastly, you can allow the signer to add comments of their own, by checking the box. Plus, you can ask Excel to automatically date-stamp the signature.
When you’re finished, click OK. Excel will add a Signature Line to your spreadsheet. To sign it, a user can simply double-click on the signature box, type in their name, and click Sign.
As you can see, Excel makes it easy to insert signatures onto your spreadsheets. This is an increasingly popular internal control technique. It helps teams stay aligned and helps maintain data security and confidentiality. Try it out with your own documents today. It only takes a few seconds to gain peace of mind.