Adobe Acrobat - Removing Sensitive Content From PDFs

This guide will show you how to redact content one-by-one as well as using the Find tool.

Manual Redaction

Sometimes before distributing a PDF to other individuals, certain information needs to be removed. To do this, Acrobat provides tools to redact information.

  1. Select Tools from the toolbar.
  2. Select the Redact tool.
  3. In the Redact Toolbar, select Mark For Redaction > Text & Images.
  4. Select the portions for redaction by either left-clicking and dragging over the areas with the mouse, or by double-clicking a single word or image.
  5. When finished, select Apply from the Redact Toolbar

Searching for Text to Redact

Sometimes when redacting it can be done in a simpler manner, especially if it’s only a key phrase or name that needs to be repeatedly redacted.
  1. Select Tools from the toolbar.
  2. Select the Redact tool.
  3. In the Redact Toolbar, select Mark For Redaction > Find Text.
  4. Choose whichever option is needed.
      1. Choose Select Words.
      2. Type each word into the New Word or Phrase field. 
      3. Select Add.
  5. Click Search & Remove Text.
  6. Mark the check boxes next to the items that should be redacted.
  7. Once selections are made, select Mark Checked Results for Redaction.
  8. Select Apply when finished.
For more options related to redaction in Adobe Acrobat: consult this How-To from the Adobe Site.

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