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How to Redact a PDF in Windows

Oct 14,2019 • Filed to: How-Tos • Proven solutions

Redacting sensitive content on your PDF file is important since you often need to protect your PDF file from unauthorized access. To redact PDF files you will have to select sections or lines that you want to redact. But how do you batch redact PDF files? In this article, we'll discuss how to black out text in PDF file to save you time and effort with PDFelement.

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Video on How to Redact PDF to Hide Sensitive Content

Detailed Steps for Redacting PDF for Free

Step 1. Import PDF

Launch PDFelement. Click the "Open File" button to import the PDF that you would like to use redaction on.

import pdf

Step 2. Mark iTems for Redaction

Go to the "Protect" tab and click "Mark for Redaction". Select the text you wish to redact.

mark for redaction

Step 3. Apply Redaction

If desired, you can change the redaction appearance. Finally click "Apply Redactions" to save your changes.

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PDFelement is your all-in-one PDF solution that lets you open, edit, annotate, create, redact and convert PDF, plus much more. You can add, edit or remove text, images and pages according to your needs. PDFelement also has a built in OCR feature to convert any scanned PDF document into editable text.

The PDF redaction feature in PDFelement lets you either select text or images to redact, or else use the search option to redact the same text on different pages at the same time. You can even use the Properties tools to change the color of the redaction box, overlay custom text, or add redaction codes to tell a brief description of what is hiding under the hidden area.

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