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How do I white out text and type over it?

New Here ,
Oct 13, 2015 Oct 13, 2015

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I used to be able to do this in older versions of Acrobat (I am now using Pro DC). I would add a text box, with a white fill and no border to white out whatever I wanted covered up. Then I would create the text I wanted somewhere else on the document, type the text, then drag it over the white box.

Now, the text I drag over defaults to being hidden behind the white text box. I try bringing it front, that does nothing. I wouldn't even need to create additional text, but the text box text color defaults to red and I cannot change that either. SO FRUSTRATING, especially since I used to be able to do this. Someone please help! Thanks in advance.

-TJ

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LEGEND , Oct 11, 2016 Oct 11, 2016
Before you can Apply redactions you must create them by somehow marking where you want them. See the help file for your version for the ways you can do this.

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Jul 10, 2018 Jul 10, 2018

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The tool in Acrobat that has the same effect is the redaction tool that has been discussed in this thread.

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Jul 10, 2018 Jul 10, 2018

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Beyond the redaction tool which is for text, you can also use the edit capability, select objects, and delete same.

          - Dov

- Dov Isaacs, former Adobe Principal Scientist (April 30, 1990 - May 30, 2021)

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New Here ,
Dec 23, 2019 Dec 23, 2019

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The problem with this 'solution' and all of the other recommendations is that the software lacks a simple function and we are having to use work-arounds.  I seem to recall Adobe having a whiteout tool or eraser in previous iterations.  Painful that we have to go through hoops to perform old functions.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Dec 23, 2019 Dec 23, 2019

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No, it didn't. There's an "eraser" tool but it will only delete pencil annotations. I don't think there ever was a tool that allows you to free-form redact parts of a PDF file. Not even sure that's technically possible.

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New Here ,
Jul 30, 2021 Jul 30, 2021

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I do the same thing. I use Nitro when Adobe won't do something I need....like whiteout.

 

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New Here ,
Feb 04, 2020 Feb 04, 2020

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Here is what works for me:

1. Open a blank MS Word document.

2. Use snipping tool to select a white rectangular area and save as a jpg (I call my file "white_out.jpg")

3. Go to the PDF that you wish to edit. Select "Edit PDF" (I am using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC)

4. Click on "Add Image"

5. Select "white_out.jpg"

This introduces a white box that can be resized.

You can insert text over it by selecting the "Add Text" button on Adobe.

I hope this helps.

 

Extra: If you have more regions within a page that need to be whited-out, simply select the rectangle and perform a Ctrl-C and Ctrl-V (copy and paste). The only trick is that it will paste on top of the existing rectangle, so just move it with your mouse and resize as necessary.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 05, 2020 Feb 05, 2020

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If the data you want to "white out" is sensitive and should be removed entirely this is NOT the way of doing it.

Those fields can be easily removed and the information underneath them accessed, even if you flatten them.

Only use the Redaction tool for this purpose.

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New Here ,
Aug 26, 2020 Aug 26, 2020

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Good morning, this thread was very helpful when I was looking to figure out how to white out in Adobe.  It turns out you can choose the color for redactions in the Redact tool, and can choose white.  There is a slight difference when a scanned page is printed out as the redacted area is purely white, but not enough reason for me to not use this method.

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New Here ,
Apr 06, 2021 Apr 06, 2021

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I still would rather them to not have changed the old "white out text box".  Why does everything that seems simple always have to be revised to become more difficult?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Apr 06, 2021 Apr 06, 2021

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Only the redaction tool removes sensitive information.

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New Here ,
Jun 04, 2021 Jun 04, 2021

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That makes perfect sense if one presumes that all information needing to be covered is, in fact, sensitive in nature. But that's not a fair assumption, especially when the point of a particular PDF is to have a clean, printable document version. Normally, I would just use the edit tools to delete unwanted elements, but often the bounding boxes are so wonky in edit mode that I can't remove text I want to remove without also removing other text that needs to stay. So there are valid use cases for the old white-out feature. If an example helps, this pops up for me when making a PDF version of part of a larger document and needing to remove the page numbers since they aren't accurate.

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Jun 04, 2021 Jun 04, 2021

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The Redaction tool is still the best way of doing it. Just set the fill color of the redaction markups to white.

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Jul 30, 2021 Jul 30, 2021

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Just tried this method; works great. Thanks!

 

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