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How to Hide Text in PDF with 3 Simple Clicks

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2022-09-08 17:15:25 • Filed to: How-To-Windows • 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 on Windows and Mac? In this article, you'll learn how to hide text in PDF files using Wondershare PDFelement - PDF Editor and an online solution.

Part 1. How to Hide Text in PDF via Redaction

PDFelement lets you hide text in PDF with just a few clicks using the redaction feature. Redaction is to permanently remove visible text and graphics from a PDF document. It is safer way to black out sensitive information in a PDF file.

With the redaction feature on PDFelement, you can also add a description detailing what kind of information is hidden in the file. You can also change the color of the filling, or add overlay text. 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 words 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 at once.

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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 even orientation. Once you have hidden the text, you can click on the "Apply Redaction" button in the same upper tab.

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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 in order to convert them to PDF files with PDFelement. You can also edit PDF files, by adding or modifying text, or modifying images.


Part 2. 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 annational tools. Without redaction, you can unhide the text whenever you want.

Step 1. Open Your PDF

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

Step 2. Hide Words in PDF with a Rectangle

Select a rectangle and select the text that you want to hide. A rectange will cover on the text, you can change the fill color of the rectange to make the text invisible.

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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 3. Hide Text in PDF Online

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

Step 1. Upload a PDF

Go to the hide text in PDF online page, 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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