Signing Microsoft Office Documents
The different scopes include:
Active sheet – All the relevant content in the active sheet will be signed. Any change in the relevant
content within the active sheet will invalidate the signature, while any change in other sheets will have
no effect on the signature.
This is the default value.
Workbook – All the relevant content in all the workbook’s sheets will be signed. Any change in the
relevant content within any sheet of the workbook will invalidate the signature.
Selection – Only the relevant content in the cells of the selected area will be signed. Any change in
the relevant content of any of the selected cells will invalidate the signature, while any change in other
cells will have no effect on the signature. You must select the cells before signing the signature field,
and you can only sign a single continuous selection, not multiple selections.
Note: To view which selected area a specific signature applies to, right-click the signature field and
from the right-click menu. The signed cells are highlighted.
The different values for the signature content include:
Cell Values – The values of the cells will be signed.
Cell Formula – The cell formula will be signed.
Note: If the cell formula depends on other unsigned cells, then even if the values of those cells
change and cause the selected cells value to change, as long as the formula remains the same, this
change does not invalidate the signature.
Cell Properties – The following cell properties will be signed: font name, font style (indicating
whether the text is bold or italic), font size, hide row, and hide column.
Configuring Signature Defaults
The Default Signature Settings dialog box enables setting defaults for the appearance and other parameters
of the graphical signatures.
Note: You can configure defaults using the CoSign Configuration Utility. Refer to Setting Microsoft
You can set general defaults for all signatures in a document, or configure a specific signature field.
To configure signature defaults for all signatures in a document:
From the Digital Signatures toolbar, click
Note: The new signature defaults only affect future signature fields, not existing ones.
To configure a specific signature field:
Note: You can configure a specific signature field only if the field is empty.