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How to redact a PDF

Need to protect personal data in the documents you share? PDF Expert lets you redact a PDF in just a few clicks.

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How to redact a PDF

Sometimes you need to share PDFs that contain sensitive information like social security data or credit card numbers. If you need to blackout or erase personal data in a PDF, use PDF Expert. Trusted by 30 million users and awarded by Apple, it’s a go-to PDF app for Mac, iPad, and iPhone. It features a powerful PDF redaction tool to protect your confidential information.

How to redact a PDF on Mac

  1. Download PDF Expert for free.
  2. Click Edit on the toolbar.
  3. Pick the Redact tool.
  4. Select the text you want to redact in a PDF. There are two options: blackout or erase. 

The Blackout option removes the selected sensitive content and puts a black box in its place, just like that:

Blackout PDF on Mac

The Erase option burns out the selected text and leaves an empty space in its place.

Remove Text from PDF

Both tools permanently delete the selected content from your PDF, so nobody can see it, even you!

How to redact data across the entire PDF

You can also find and redact specific words across the entire document. This is a huge times saver! For example, instead of manually looking for and hiding sensitive numbers in a lengthy contract, you can redact them all in a few seconds:

  1. Click Edit > Redact in PDF Expert.
  2. Select Find and Redact on the sidebar.
  3. Type the word or number you want to hide.
  4. Click Blackout All or Erase All.

That’s it! Your personal data is protected, so you can confidently share this PDF file.

If you're looking for a way to redact a PDF on Mac, PDF Expert offers the best PDF redaction tool on the platform. It also can help you with any task, from editing and signing to merging and password-protecting PDFs.

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