Need freeware to put my signature into a MS Word doc

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I need freeware to put my signature into a MS Word doc.  I mean that I need freeware to take my hand signature and place it on the "signature" line in a doc.
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Hi

In Word 2007, adding a Digital Signature is a feature of the program.  See the following link:

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word/HA100742241033.aspx

And search for a section on that page with the title:

"Add a digital signature or signature line to your documents"

What version of word are you using?
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I am using Office 2007 by chance!  I will check this out.

Scan (or use a digital camera) your signature and crop it with any image program so you have it as an image. Then insert it into your Word document: if you use the option to place it behind text, it won't move the text around, and will look as if you signed it because it can overlap some of the words if you want.
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Im trying to put the signature into some docs of a new contract I am starting.  The contract company locked the docs down somehow, too.  Im trying to find a way to unlock them so I dont have to print them.

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You're going to have to look into these Digital Signatures and the associated digital certificates.  There's a bit of information in the Office 2007 Word help.  And many other locations on the web.  You may want to contact the contract company or check out their web site for some specific info on their certificates and signature.
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We use the method EricFletcher suggested here at my firm.  Basically the attorney's sign a clean, white piece of paper and then we scan it in as a .tiff and insert it into the documents.  We have some who have then made Auto-text entries to quickly insert it anytime they need.
Further to my suggestion... I have Word open now so can add a couple of pointers.

When you insert the signature image, double-click it to open the Format Picture dialog. In the Layout tab, choose "Behind text" as the Wrapping style. This lets text flow "over" the signature. However, once you've done this, it can be hard to select the image again to resize or reposition it. Bring up the Drawing toolbar: the left-pointing arrow lets you select the object.

Note that the Word 2007 "signature" method adds an invisible electronic lock on the file, and doesn't involve a visible signature in the way I'm suggesting. There is no reason both methods cannot be used if you want both the recognized security and the visible signature.
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If it is locked down and you can't figure out how to get around that, would it be acceptible if you can print the page(s) that you need to sign to Microsoft Office Document Image Writer or something similar to create a picture of the document, then you can open in Paint or something similar and copy/paste your scanned signature into it and save that?  Many companies will accept a scanned image of signed pages as good enough.

Other than that, i would suggest contacting the company that locked it down and ask for another copy that is not restricted in such a way that you can do what you want to according to above suggestions from the other experts.

Otherwise, I would agree with uucknaaa that using a digital signing certificate may be in order.  The company may be able to issue you a certificate that they will accept, but if this is for something legal that you need to back it up in court, you may need to spend a couple dollars and get a signing cert from a commercial certification authority like Verisign, Comodo, or many others that offer "non-repudiation".  The free certs out there generally will not offer this.  If the company issues out certs then they would need to assert this in the certificate and have a validation process that you are who you say you are, not to mention be audited regularly, etc. or else their CA may not hold up in court to validate your signature if it were ever an issue.
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I made copies of the docs, signed them with my hand, and then faxed them to the company.  They didnt want to unlock the documents, I suppose since then I could change text.  At any rate they have what they need, and I will try to study Word 2007 for next time so I can just paste in my signature that I saved as a .jpg file.
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thank you all for helping me.
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