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Quick Guide: How to Remove a Signature from a PDF in 2024

October 28, 2022
Last Updated
June 9, 2024
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"Why can't I remove my signature from PDF?"

Sound familiar? You're not alone.

PDFs are commonly used for many types of documents; medical, legal, financial, federal, and more.

Their ability to sign your signature, and preserve the contents of a document just like paper make PDF a popular file format.

But what if you need to remove a signature from a PDF?

Maybe you signed in the wrong place, or are trying to reuse an old contract but it already has a signature.

There's nothing worse than having a signature where it's not supposed to be.

But often times, removing a signature from a PDF is easier than it seems! We've gathered the most popular ways to remove a signature from a PDF file. Choose the method that works best for you!

What to Know Before You Start

  • You'll need a PDF editor in order to remove PDF signatures.
  • Windows and Mac users can use Adobe Acrobat to remove signatures from PDF. (This will not work with Adobe Reader).
  • Be careful when uploading documents with sensitive or confidential information when using online tools to remove signatures.

How to Remove a Signature from a PDF

PDF Editor

Whether you use Windows or Mac, you'll need a PDF editor in order to remove signatures from PDFs.

A PDF editor allows you to instantly create, add, or remove signatures and digital signatures.

For this example we'll use Adobe Acrobat.

Please note: this will not work in Adobe Reader. You'll need to pay for their premium version.

  1. Open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat DC.
  2. Right-click on the signature you want to remove.
  3. Clear Signature.


Why can't I remove my signature from PDF?

There could be a number of reasons. Check to make sure that there are no restrictions, limitations, or passwords set on the PDF that prevent edits or modifications to it.

Also check that the signature has been applied to the PDF as an annotation or image. If the PDF has been flattened, you may have trouble removing a signature from the PDF.

How do I delete old signatures in PDF?

There are multiple ways. The easiest way is by using a PDF editor that can remove signatures from documents.

Remove Signatures from Any PDF with a PDF Editor

When you have the right software, removing signatures from PDF is pretty easy.

If you work with PDFs and signatures often, it makes sense to invest in a PDF signature tool that can save you time. Especially when signing or working with multiple documents.

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Digital Marketing SpecialistArron Staradub
Arron was a Digital Marketer at PDF Pro, where he wrote helpful and engaging articles for those that that used PDFs in their daily life.

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