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How to Hide Text in PDF with 4 Ways

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2024-01-08 18:46:10 • Filed to: PDF Text • Proven solutions

Just like crossing out text on the hard copy of a document, you can also hide text in PDF with a PDF editor. Wondering how to hide text in PDF? In this article, you'll learn how to hide text in PDF files using Wondershare PDFelement - PDF Editor and other solutions.

Part 1. How to Hide Text in PDF

PDFelement lets you hide text in PDF with just a few clicks by redaction. This PDF editor allows you to edit, annotate, and hide text on PDF easily.

What is Redacting PDF?

Redaction is to permanently remove visible text and graphics from a PDF document. Redacting text is not the same as blacking out text. By redacting text in PDF, you can permanently black out text in the PDF document and ensure that the receivers cannot see the information. It is a safer way to black out sensitive information such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, addresses, in a PDF file.

With the redaction feature on PDFelement, you can change the fill colors for the redacted area, or add overlay text to add a description detailing what kind of information is hidden in the file. There are two types of redaction codes that you can select from: FOIA codes or Privacy Act codes. Here is how you can safely hide sensitive information in PDF using PDFelement redaction.

Step 1. Import Your PDF

Launch PDFelement and then click on the "+" button on the Home page. You can then browse your local files and import them into the program.

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Step 2. Hide Text in PDF

Click on the "Protect" tab and select "Mark for Redaction". Then go to the page where you want to hide text and select the text. You can also use the "Search & Redact" option to search for a particular word and hide it on all pages simultaneously.

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Step 3. Edit Redaction Mark Properties

Right-click on the redaction area and select "Properties". The properties will open on the right side of the screen. Here you can change the filling color. The next option is to add overlay text. You can write custom text and change its color, position, style, and orientation. Once you have hidden the text, you can click on the "Apply Redaction" button in the same upper tab.

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Can you unredact text in PDF?

To ensure information security, once you have applied redaction in a PDF with PDFelement, the text is blacked out permanently and cannot be undone. However, the redaction won't take effect until you save the document. Therefore, it is a good idea to save the redacted version as a new file to preserve the original copy.

Watch the video below and follow its steps to hide text in PDF using PDFelement. 

How to Hide Text in PDF without Redaction

If you don't want to permanently remove the hidden text from the document using redaction, PDFelement lets you black out text with annotation tools or hide text on PDF by deleting.  Without redaction, you can unhide the text whenever you want.

This program is also a PDF creator, editor, converter, form-filler, and PDF scanner for your PDF files. You'll be able to directly import images, documents, or webpages to convert them to PDF files with PDFelement. You can also edit PDF files, by adding or modifying text, or modifying images.

Step 1. Open Your PDF

Launch PDFelement and open your PDF files. Go to "Comments."

Step 2. Hide Text on PDF by Annotation

Select a rectangle and select the text that you want to hide. A rectangle will cover the text, you can change the fill color of the rectangle to make the text invisible. You can also adjust the transparency of the fill color to blur out text on PDF.

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Step 3. Unhide Text in PDF

When you don't need to hide the text, you can open the file on PDFelement again and go to Comments. Select the rectangle and delete it.


Part 2. How to Hide Text on PDF Documents Online

Hipdf is an online tool that can help you hide text in PDF for free. Follow the steps here.

Step 1. Upload a PDF

Go to the hide text in PDF online page, and drag and drop your PDF document to be uploaded.

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Step 2. Hide Text in PDF

After opening the PDF file online, click with the mouse to select the text or area to be hidden, the color option will appear, you can change the color as needed to hide the text in the PDF. Click the "Apply" button to hide the text permanently. You can then download the PDF containing hidden text.

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Part 3. How to Hide Text on PDF in Adobe Acrobat

If you have purchase Adobe Acrobat, you can easily hide text in PDF with Redaction. Similar to PDFelement, Adobe Acrobat allows you to permanently black out text, images to hide sensitive information in PDF.

  • Launch Adobe Acrobat and open a PDF document. Go to Tools > Redact.
  • Select Redact Text & Images from the Edit menu. And select the text you want to hide.
  • Choose Redact and confirm your selection in the floating context-menu.

Tip: The redaction feature is only available for Adobe Acrobat Pro. If you are using the free Adobe Reader, you can't access this feature.

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Part 4. How to Hide Text in PDF with Foxit Reader

Foxit PDF Editor also offers redaction feature for you to hide sensitive information on PDF. You can hide text, image or a whole page with redaction in Foxit.

  • Open a PDF in Foxit. Go to Protect > Mark for Redaction > Text & Images.
  • Click and drag to select the text you want to hide, and click Apply Redaction.
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