Redacting Content

Redaction is available only in the Enterprise edition of PDF Converter Professional.

Use the Mark Redaction tool to first mark content for redaction, and then permanently remove the data by applying redaction. Areas to be redacted are marked by red rectangles, whereas already redacted areas are indicated by black blocks.

Visible contents including text, graphics and images can be redacted. The appearance of redacted items can be modified. They commonly appear as colored boxes filled in with solid color, but you can also set them to display overlaid privacy codes, custom text, or just a blank area.

To mark and then permanently redact content from your document

  1. In the Redaction Tool Properties dialog box, set your Redaction mark appearance. See Setting Redaction Properties.

  2. Select Document > Redaction > Mark Redaction or click the PDF Converter button mark redaction Redacting Content Mark Redaction tool on the Security toolbar.

  3. Do one of the following to mark the content you want to remove:

    • Move your pointer over a text block. When the cursor changes to PDF Converter cursor redact text Redacting Content, select the text you want to mark for removal.

    • Move your pointer to an area with no text. When the cursor changes to PDF Converter cursor redact area Redacting Content, draw a rectangle to cover the desired selection area.

Hold the pointer over a marked area to preview how the redaction marking will look when applied.

  1. Right-click in a marked area and select Apply from the shortcut menu to apply redaction permanently to that area. If you want to apply all marked redactions in the current PDF, select Apply All.

  2. In the Apply dialog box, select which types of data should be removed. If you select Remove all occurrences of the marked contents, all matching text strings will be removed from the PDF. If a single picture is embedded by links in several places in the PDF, using this choice will redact all instances. Click Apply to perform redaction.


Redaction cannot be undone once applied. To avoid mistakes, we strongly advise you to make a copy of the original PDF before you perform redaction; or save the redacted PDF as a new file with a different name and/or location.


Redaction can be done by searching and combined with document flattening. See About Redaction.



Redacting Content