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How to Copy Signature from PDF Simply in 2022

Melissa Lee updated on Nov 01, 2022 to PDF Knowledge Center | min read

You can easily copy content in Reader unless the PDF author has applied security settings that disallow copying. If you receive a password-protected PDF, use the designated password to open the document. Some secured documents have restrictions that prevent you from printing, editing, or copying content. If a document has restricted features, any tools and menu items related to those features are dimmed in Reader. If you have trouble opening a PDF, or if you are restricted from using certain features, contact the author of the PDF.

As long as the signature represents who that person is and his or her intent, any of the marks are considered valid and legally binding. Signatures are usually recorded in pen, but this is not always the case.

Can a PDF Signature be copied?

Each digital signature is unique to the signer and the document, you cannot copy and paste the signature from one document to another. If any changes are made to the document or the signature after signing is complete, then the signature and documents are invalid.

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Copy Signature from PDF with Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe is well known among people using PDF format to create and share files. As a comprehensive PDF files editor and converter, it is capable of converting PDF to Word, PPT, Excel, etc. Also, you can edit the content as you wish. For example, you can sign a PDF file and extract the signature if you need. Also, you can use it to copy your signature by following the steps below.

Step 1. Open the PDF document in Adobe Acrobat Reader. Right-click on the document, and choose "Document Properties".

Step 2. Click on the "Security" tab, and review the "Document Restrictions Summary".

Step 3. Open the PDF document that you want to copy a signature in Adobe Acrobat Reader. Right-click on the document, and choose "Select Tool" from the pop-up menu.

Step 4. Drag to select the content you want to copy. Here it should be the signature. Right-click the selected item, and choose "Copy".

Step 5. The content is copied to the clipboard. In another application, choose "Edit" > "Paste" to paste the copied content.

How to Sign a PDF With EaseUS PDF Editor

If you have other requirements concerning PDF file editing, you may look at this tool - EaseUS PDF Editor. This is an all-in-one PDF file editor and converter. With this tool, you can easily add text to your file, add a signature to a PDF, remove passwords from a PDF file, etc. Also, you can use it to convert a PDF to png, jpg, ppt, etc. All this can be done in a few clicks.

EaseUS PDF Editor is compatible with almost all the Windows systems, even the newest Windows 11 is supported. All you need to do is to download it by clicking the button below and you can see the steps that show you how to sign a PDF file generally.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS PDF Editor and open the PDF to which you want to add a signature. Click on "Sign" > "Sign Document" to move on to the next steps.

sign pdf

Step 2. A pop-up window will appear and asks that if you want to begin signing. If you decide to sign it, click on the "Drag New Signature Rectangle" button.

drag new signature

Step 3. Drag your mouse and select where you want to add the signature. Then, a window will appear, and you need to fill out the necessary information. Click on the "Sign" button to e-sign your PDF file.

sign the document

Step 4. Select the target folder to save the signed PDF.

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Protect PDF from Copying and Editing

If you are copying a signature of your own, there is nothing wrong with it. But if someone else is trying to copy your signature, usually, it is not a good sign. Then, how can we protect our files and data from being leaked or copied? In this part, we will show you how to protect your PDF files with a password.

In this part, we will also need the tool - EaseUS PDF Editor. If you have downloaded it, just follow the steps below to add a password to your PDF files.

Step 1. Install and launch this PDF editor. Next, import the PDF file that you want to add a password to.

Open PDF file

Step 2. On the top of the interface, click "Protection" > "Encrypt with Password".

Protection options

Step 3. In the following, enter the password protection of your PDF document.

Add password to PDF

Step 4. Once done, your PDF is password protected now.


In a word, copying a signature from a PDF file is easy, protecting your files and data is not. To keep your files from bad guys, you should better download and use EaseUS PDF Editor to add a password to your PDF files.

How to Copy Signature from PDF FAQs

1. How do I extract a signature from a PDF?

You can extract a signature from a PDF using Adobe Acrobat:

  • Open the PDF with Adobe Acrobat, and click Tools > Content > Objects.
  • Next, click on the signature file and choose the signature that you want to extract.
  • Click Security > Document Restrictions Summary

2. Can signature be copied from PDF?

Each digital signature is unique to the signer and the document, so you cannot copy and paste the signature from one document to another. 

3. Why can I not copy and paste from PDF?

It might be caused by the security settings or restrictions in your PDF files. If you want to copy and paste from PDF successfully, you can remove these restrictions first.

About the Author

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Melissa Lee

Melissa is a sophisticated editor for EaseUS in tech blog writing. She is proficient in writing articles related to screen recording, video editing, and PDF file converting.

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