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Are you clueless on how to redact PDF on Mac? Well, this article shows how to redact text, images and pages on your Mac using a powerful PDF redaction tool - PDFelement for Mac. When you redact PDF files it is a great way of fully protecting your files. Since when you use PDF encryption software to protect them, one can still decrypt them. Therefore they only effective way is to remove the sensitive fields or pages permanently by redaction.

How to Redact a PDF on Mac

PDFelement for Mac is a powerful feature and it is a one-stop shop for all your PDF solutions. Without saying much, let's now look at how to redact on PDF on Mac once you have downloaded and installed it.

Step 1. Open PDF

On launching the program, you will see the "Open File" button at the bottom left. Click on it, go ahead, and choose the PDF that you want to protect. Once you have selected click on the "Open" button.

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Step 2. Redact PDF on Mac

As mentioned earlier, you can redact text, images, and pages on your PDF by clicking "Protect > Redact" button.

  • To redact text and images click on the "Text & Image" tab on the right side corner. Now drag the cursor to highlight desired texts or images. Immediately you release it the item will be marked black.
  • To redact pages, go to the "Pages" tab. A new window will appear. Select the page range that you want to redact.

After selecting the content that you want to redact, click on "Apply Redactions" button on the right-side. The selected area will be removed permanently, once you save the document, the redaction part cannot be uncovered. If it is ok, then proceed and apply the changes.

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Step 3. Edit Redaction Properties

You can also change the redaction properties if you have a PDF document with redacted content. When you click on the "Protect > Redact" button, you can select a preferred color on the right-side. You can test the changes by redacting parts of the PDF file. You can also change the overlay text format. Enable "Use Overlay Text" and select preferred style and font.

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Convert PDF Editable to Redact PDF on Mac

Step 1. Convert PDF to Editable Word

After opening your PDF file in PDFelement for Mac, click the "Convert" button and choose an output format to convert.

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Step 2. Redact in Word

After converting, you can find the converted word file in the output folder. And learn more details about how to redact in Word document here.

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Best Tool to Redact PDF on Mac

Although there are different redaction software for Mac flooding in the market nothing beats PDFelement for Mac. This software has been well known for its ability to edit, convert, create and OCR PDF files. However, it also allows you to black out text, images and pages permanently. Moreover, it allows you to do batch redaction on your PDF. PDFelement exhibits other features highlighted below.

  • It lets you modify text, images, objects, alter pages, annotate and highlight using different colors, add comments, sticky notes, bates numbering, and watermarks etc.
  • This tool supports creation of PDF files from different sources. It also converts PDF files to editable formats like MS-Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Images etc.
  • It allows you to fill PDF forms, sign forms and create them.
  • It is incorporated with an OCR functionality that makes imaged based or scanned files readable, editable and searchable.
  • It is compatible with macOS X 10.13(High Sierra), 10.12, 10.11, and 10.10.
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Published: Oct 25,2017 13:50 pm / Updated: Aug 17,2018 17:45 pm

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