How to sign a document without access to printer/scanner?

Sometimes, agencies ask us to sign documents, take the scan and then upload/mail the scanned copy of the signed document. This is definitely better than nail mail but still a bit cumbersome. This will need access to copier (carrying document) or printer (scanned copy is available) or both. In case you do not have these at home and office is clingy about usage, option is to visit a cafe or some such other places.

With smartphones, adobe reader and access to a clean white sheet, you can save these efforts. Read on to know how.

Step 1. Take scan of the document if not already done. On Android phones, use either ‘Microsoft office lens‘ or ‘camscanner‘. Transfer these scanned documents to a cloud storage drive for long term usage or mail to yourself. Upload in PDF format from camscanner.

Step 2. Take a small piece of white paper and sign on it by pen. Take scan of this also and upload on cloud or mail yourself. Upload in JPG format from camscanner.

Step 3. Open scanned document in Adobe Reader and open signature pan. Choose option to sign using image and insert the scanned signature. Done.

Additionally, if you have access to a touch screen laptop, a bit rare case with business laptops, you can directly sign on scanned copy using touch screen and stylus, again a rare thing.

I have done the same while uploading documents to EPFO and they accepted all, so its workable solution. Adobe has done nice work with this feature whereas it puts signature as transparency rather than as white background image. You can even change the size of the signature image.


Firefox is becoming creepy or at least hinting at

Many a times, I access a website through privacy window even on my [personal laptop and do not want it to appear in my browsing history in any way. Recently, I got a shocker. Entering one such website name in privacy tab, I discovered that there is auto completion going on and that’s looking creeping. After some analysis and trying all of the below, nothing changed. Auto completion continued.

  • Refresh firefox
  • Restart machine
  • Clear browsing data
  • Turn off suggested sites in new tab
  • Stop search engines from suggesting sites
  • Use DuckDuckGo

At the same time, when using Microsoft Edge and Google chrome privacy modes, no such auto complete was happening.

After a while, I came across a Firefox setting which when turned off allowed auto completion to turn off. Those are under Options\Privacy or about:preferences#privacy in new tab. Uncheck all the checkboxes under location bar. It took me some time and that’s scary since normal users cannot figure it easily.


At the same time, I purchased McAfee total security and ran McAfee App Protection on Android mobile. Lo and Behold, its marking Firefox alongside, Adobe Acrobat Reader and Skype and few other well known apps as medium risk application for its tendency to leak PII to third party sources.

Together, these tow are making me averse to Firefox now given that I use it to avoid intrusive detection and that is also the motto of Mozilla. They never gets tired of telling us about this, but seems to be following the different walks than their talk.

Workflows for document sharing knowledge world

Converting Web pages on Android to PDF document

  1. Install Mozilla Firefox for Android and Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  2. Open web page in Firefox after clicking on link or typing it. If it opens in default browser, copy the link and paste it in Firefox address bar.
  3. Open Firefox menu and go to Page->’Save as PDF’.
  4. Conversion process will start indicating a download is in progress.
    1. If not interested in actual page layout, try to open page in Firefox read mode if its available.
  5. Downloaded PDF file should be in the downloads folder or show in notification center.
  6. Open file in PDF viewer or select it in downloads folder.
  7. Use sharing option to upload it to favorite cloud folder, Google drive, Microsoft OneDrive or Dropbox.

If links are in Pocket App

  1. Open pocket app or and open the desired item saved earlier.
  2. Click on sharing button. If needed, click on more until you see Firefox in list. Alternatively, copy to clipboard and then paste it in Firefox.
  3. Further action as above.
  4. Converting on PC needs Bullzip or HTML2PDF and quiet time taking process. You can simply save page link in Pocket and then later on do PDF conversion on mobile in free time.

Link saving through Twitter

If you have very active twitter feed, lot of information may be scrolling and many with links. While going through them quickly, it is not easy to read through all of them and we may even forget about good things. Pocket by ‘Read It later’ comes handy in this case.

  1. Open tweet in twitter app and click on sharing option.
  2. Ins haring dialogue box, Use ‘Save to Pocket’ or ‘Google Keep’ or ‘Onenote’ option.
    1. I like pocket better than others. Other two simply create a new note.
  3. If this does not work, simply use ‘copy to clipboard’ from sharing option but it is suboptimal and copies the who tweet with shortened link. ‘Save to Pocket’ saves link embedded in the Tweet instead of tweet message. It saves tweet also but its display is intelligent to show inside links. If no inside link is there, it shows tweet.

This allows to move content between multiple devices. Pocket account and app can be created and installed on Desktop and other places. Firefox is now having native support for it.

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