Create and e-sign documents within Dropbox to keep your files more organized and secure
Use Dropbox and e-signature tools together to take a contract from first draft to final PDF to signature quickly, easily, and securely. Share files and request signatures directly from your Dropbox account and automatically save these updates back to your shared folders. You can also add multiple signers to the same document stored in Dropbox, making it easy to keep your whole team in sync. You don’t have to buy the software or download anything. And even better: by using Dropbox as your file viewer, you can preview a wide variety of video files, audio files and text files from any device.
Dropbox integrates with best-in-class e-signature tools, including HelloSign, a Dropbox company, Adobe Sign, and DocuSign, so you can seamlessly send important documents online for electronic signature. When you’re ready to add signatures to your files, just select a PDF or Word doc, and you’ll see an Open menu containing different apps you can use to e-sign your document. Simply click whichever e-signature tool you want to use and your files will open within it, allowing you to share your documents for signature.
Know that your legally binding signatures* are kept safe by securing those signed documents in Dropbox with our advanced architecture, designed with multi-layered protection and strict encryption. Dropbox is a one-stop shop: Use it for generating and collaborating on documents for signature, use trusted integrations to e-sign, then save your signed docs back in Dropbox—keeping everything conveniently in one location.
Not only do electronic signatures contribute to smoother workflows, they lessen your carbon footprint. Getting an electronic signature helps reduce needless paper waste and greenhouse gasses from transporting documents between destinations. And, of course, when you dial back the need to supply paper and postal costs, you save time and money, too.
There are many benefits to signing documents online using Dropbox. And while you can use Dropbox and e-sign tools individually, using them together streamlines your workflow even more. Because you already store your important documents in Dropbox, you can send them to e-sign right from your Dropbox account, save signed copies, and manage all your folders and files in one place. You can also control who has access to specific files, organize documents, track to-dos, and keep your whole team in sync.
On your desktop, open your Dropbox account, then click on a document you’d like to send for e-signature. Click on the “Open with” drop down menu, and select the electronic signature tool you’d like to use.
Essentially, there is no legal difference*. An electronic signature is just as legally binding as a handwritten signature. The Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN) was passed into law by Congress in 2000 to ensure the validity and legal effect of contracts that are entered into electronically.
It’s easy to enable e-signature integrations in Dropbox and yes, they are included in all Dropbox plans. Third-party apps that are available as Dropbox Extensions are automatically connected to your Dropbox account. When opening select file types like images, PDFs, and AutoCad documents choose the Open button to see available options. The first time you use a Dropbox Extension to open a file, you'll be asked to complete a one-time authorization to your Dropbox account.
While you can use Dropbox and e-sign tools individually, using them together streamlines your workflow. Because you already store your important documents in Dropbox, you can send them to eSign right from your Dropbox account, save signed copies, and manage all your folders and files in one place. You can also control who has access to specific files, organize documents, track to-dos, and keep your whole team in sync.
*E-signature laws vary by jurisdiction and may not be valid everywhere.
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