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How to Redact PDF Files

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PDF is one of the mostly used yet secure formats to send secure documents, memos, and presentations. Redacting a PDF means permanently blacking out or deleting the text, image or portion in the PDF. For example, if your PDF file has important information such as the email address, bank account number, address or any other personal information, you can simply remove that information, so no one will be able to retrieve it. Below is the instruction on how to redact PDF files.

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Wondershare PDFelement is your all-in-one PDF solution that will let you open, edit, annotate, create, redact and convert PDF and much more. You can add, edit or remove the already present text, images and pages according to your needs. Moreover, it brings a built in OCR to convert any scanned PDF document into editable text.

The redaction feature in PDFelement lets you either select text or image to redact or can use the Search option to redact the same text on different pages at a time. You can even use the Properties tools to change the color of redaction box, overlay custom text and add redaction codes to tell a brief description of what is hiding under that black out.

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Detailed Guide to Redacting PDF

How to Redact PDF on Mac
You can easily redact text, images and pages on Mac with PDFelement. macOS 10.12 Sierra is compatible.
How to Redact Text in PDF
How to safely share or publish PDF on the Internet? By redacting text in a PDF, you can permanently black out the sensitive content.
How to Redact Images in PDF
If the images in your PDF document contain sensitive or confidential information, you can select and redact the image with ease.
How to Redact Pages in PDF
In addition to redacting text and images, you are also able to redact an entire page or a set of pages simultaneously.
How to Search Text for Redaction
Having a PDF that containing numerous pages? You can use the Search & Redact function to redact repetitive words at a time.
How to Set Appearance of Redaction Mark
You can set the appearance of redactions marks by changing its color, overlaying custom text message, and adding redaction codes.
How to Add Redaction Codes
Redaction codes further explains the reasons why the items are redacted. PDFelement includes code sets from FOIA and Privacy Act.
How to Add Overlay Text to Redaction
After selecting redaction area, you are able to add custom text to the redaction marks. The font type, size and color can be also changed.

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