How to redact in Adobe Acrobat
The most recent version of Adobe Acrobat offers the quickest and simplest method to redact a document. It really only takes a few minutes.
First, open the document you wish to redact. Go to the Tools menu, then select Redact.
Selecting this option will reveal the redaction menu at the top of your document. Select Mark for Redaction and then select Text & Images.
Now you simply need to select the text that you want to redact. Once selected, Acrobat will highlight your selection in red.
Click Apply to redact. This is a permanent redaction, and so Acrobat pops up a warning box letting you know that. You’ll need to click OK to proceed.
Once you click OK Acrobat will ask if you wish to “also find and remove hidden information in your document” (otherwise known as metadata) You should consider this a vital stage in fully redacting information. It’s always better to be certain you’ve removed all possible traces of sensitive information by clearing the data too. Click Yes, let Acrobat search your document, and then click Remove.
Using the “Find Text” tool to double-check
If you’re filing a long document with many possible references to confidential or sensitive information then, for peace of mind, it is worth performing a quick search using Acrobat’s Find Text feature.
Simply select Mark for Redaction followed by Find Text. This will open the Search dialog box on the left. Here, you can search for specific words (e.g. if there’s a name you need to redact), or for common patterns of sensitive information, such as credit card or social security numbers.