How to Redact in Adobe 9

When you redact a PDF file, you are hiding or obscuring information in the document from anyone who opens it. Redaction is often used to remove sensitive or personal information, such as names or Social Security numbers. Before the release of Adobe Acrobat 8, Acrobat did not have redaction tools, so redaction of a PDF file required third-party software or plug-ins. Acrobat 8, Acrobat 9 and Acrobat X have tools that will cover redacted words and images with a colored box or replace them with custom text.

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Open Adobe Acrobat 9. Click “File,” then “Open” and load the PDF document you want to redact.

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Click “View,” then “Toolbars.” Click “Redaction Toolbar.”

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Click “Redaction Properties.” Select a fill color if you want to cover the redacted material with a colored box or click “Use Overlay Text” and enter your redaction text in the “Custom Text” field. Click “OK.”

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Click “Mark For Redaction” in the Redaction Toolbar. Double-click the words you want to redact, or hold down the left mouse button and drag the tool across the words or pictures you want to redact.

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Click “Apply Redactions.” Click “OK.” to make the redactions permanent. Click “File,”then “Save As” and save the document under another name if you do not want to overwrite the original file with the redacted file.