Documents: Signing Documents


Odoo makes it easy to receive signatures on documents. You are able to upload a PDF, add custom fields, and send it to the signee. You can also link documents to the Documents application for easy storage. 


To get started, navigate to the Sign application.

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Here, you will see a Kansan view of all your templates. From here, you will be able to send, share, and edit the templates. 

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Configuring Roles

In order to acquire signatures from specific sets of people, such as Customers, Employees, etc., you will need to create a variety of roles.

Navigate to CONFIGURATION > Roles. You will land on the roles in list view.

To create a new record, click Create . You will see the below page, where you can assign a name to the role. You can also select SMS Authentication, which allows document owners to require a text message verification before a signature can be recorded to verify the identity of the signee.

When you are done, click save

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You can create new templates by simply uploading a PDF file. You then will be able to send that template to a specific signee or receive a link to send. 

To upload a template, navigate to TEMPLATES . You have two upload options: Send a request and Upload a PDF Template. We will start with Upload a PDF Template

Select Upload a PDF Template.  Choose a file from your computer. 

A PDF viewer will appear in which you can see your document. Navigate back to the Templates homepage. 

Hover over the template and select the  menu in the top right corner. Then, select edit. 

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You will have a series of options to edit:

Name: Here you will choose a new title for the document with the enforced file type (.pdf).

Tags: Add as many descriptor tags as you'd like. 

Attachment Folder: Choose the Documents Folder to which you will assign this document once it has been signed. For more information on the Documents app, see the Documents Overview

Attachment Tags: Assign tags to the signed document. These are based on the Folder you have chosen. 

Optional Link: After the signature has been made, you can redirect the signee to a new page. 

Privacy: Select if the document can only be signed on invitation or by all users. 

Invited Users: Select the users you wish to invite to sign the document. 

When done, click save.

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Editing Fields

You can create editable fields on the document for signatures, dates, and more. From the template, select the   Edit Fields smart button in the top right corner.

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This will open a field editor window as seen below. Mousing over the black navigation window in the top of the PDF viewer will present a ribbon of fields as purple blocks. Drag and drop the desired items into place. 

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Once the field has been dropped in the correct spot, click on it. A window pops up giving you the option to change the role. You also have the option to make the field mandatory. To remove a field, click the  Bin icon in the right of the window.

Using the  in the upper left corner of the field, you can move the field, and by grabbing the grey triangle in the lower right corner of the field, you can adjust its size. Once you are satisfied with the appearance of your document, you can select the box again and in the pop-up window click validate

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The Send a request button in the Templates homepage performs the same functions as above, only does not give you the option to name the document. Selecting Send a request opens an upload window from your computer. Select the document you wish to upload. This will immediately open the field editor window, where you can add fields to your document and then send or share

Sharing the Document

From here, it is possible to Send or Share the document. 

Send: This will open an email modal window where you can select the contact you'd like, as well as those who should receive a copy of the document. You can write a message and can retitle the document at the bottom. Click SEND to email the document to its recipients.

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Share: The Share option will create a shareable link that your recipient can use to view and sign the document. Select  Copy Text to copy the link. 

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Good to Know!

A document template cannot be used for two simultaneous signatures. We recommend having one template for each desired use case, for example W-4, and then when you send it to each recipient, you would simply rename the file to be specific to it's recipient.  

Navigating the Document

Odoo presents documents in an easily navigable way, allowing the user to quickly click to the fields they must fill in. Using the Share function, copy the link and paste it into a new browser tab to see what the document will look like to the recipient.  

The NEXT button on the left brings the user directly to the fields that must be filled in. They can click NEXT until they reach the end of the document. 

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When they reach the end of the document, they will be able to click the Validate & Send Completed Document button to complete the signature process. 

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Awaiting Signatures

You are able to see the status of signatures on any document. Navigate to Signatures . On the next page, you will see a kanban view of the sign requests, with information on who submitted them and when they were submitted. 

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