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If you are running a business, information leaked via PDF files can compromise the integrity of your business and clients. The safest option is always ensuring you scrutinize your documents and black out any sensitive information before sending them. There are numerous applications - both online and standalone - that are available for accomplishing redaction tasks on PDF documents. In this article I will tell you how to blackout text in PDF using the best PDF redaction tool.

Part 1Best Program for Blacking out Text in PDF

how to blackout text in pdf

Wondershare PDFelement is one of the few PDF applications that bring together multiple PDF modification features in one package. You can it throughout the document creation, editing, and publication process without the need for additional software. PDFelement offers complete redaction, which means once you have blacked out content and saved the document, the redacted text and images are removed permanently.

PDFelement combines viewing and editing features with PDF conversion, merging, splitting, and extraction. With this software, you are able to add annotations and comments on PDF documents to make them more informative. You also get security features such as password protection and digital signatures on top of redaction to make your documents fully secure.

Part 2 How to Black out Text in PDF Documents

If you need a simple and hassle-free companion to blackout parts of a PDF at home or in the office, PDFelement is just the right tool. The following guide walks you through the steps of producing polished, high-quality redacted documents.

Step 1. Load PDF to PDFelement

Once PDFelement is fully installed, go ahead and launch it. On the Home window, click the "Open File" button which will allow you to upload a PDF file onto the application.

If you are using a Mac, you can import your PDF file by clicking the "Open File" button on the Home window.

Step 2. Blackout PDF Text

On Windows, choose the "Mark for Redaction" option under the "Protect" tab. Then select the content you want to black out by holding and dragging the cursor across any relevant content you wish to redact. Alternatively, you can search for specific keywords or phrases for redaction by selecting the "Search & Redact" button.

On a Mac, click the "Protect > Redact" button on the top to reveal more redaction options. And then drag your cursor over content to mark it for redaction. You can also select "Pages" on the top right corner if you want to mark specific pages to black out.

Step3. Change Redaction Appearance

You can right click the redaction area and choose "Properties" to change the redaction appearance. You can fill in color, add overlay text and redaction codes to your redaction boxes. Finally, click the "Apply Redactions" button and click "OK" on the dialogue box to permanently black out your selection. Save the document to permanently remove the redacted content.

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Published: Jun 22,2016 14:02 pm / Updated: Apr 19,2017 17:45 pm

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