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Trouble redacting - grayed out document after choosing "Apply"

New Here ,
Jul 23, 2020 Jul 23, 2020

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I'm using Adobe Pro DC Version 2020.009.20067

When attempting to redact, I can mark the text I'd like to remove, but when I click "Apply" my document is grayed out and a blank white box appears in the middle of the document. The only way I can remove that box is to hit esc, which takes me back to just the marked redactions. How do I fix this? Photo example below.

 

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New Here , Oct 01, 2021 Oct 01, 2021
I had this problem.  I went to the live chat and gave the agent permission to share the screen.  He was on it for a while but finally fixed it.  I asked him what he did so that I could share it to you all on this community support thread.He said, "I have removed teh existing Acrobat installation file and reinstalled it after restarting the computer.  I have used Acrobat cleaner to remove Acrobat DC installation."If you don't want to do it, then I would suggest letting one of the technical suppos...

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Adobe Employee ,
Jul 23, 2020 Jul 23, 2020

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Hi Kristin M

 

We are sorry for the trouble. As described the document gets greyed out after applying the redaction.

 

Is this a behavior with a particular PDF file or with all the PDFs? Please try with a different PDF file and check.

 

Also, we can see you are using the old version of Adobe Acrobat DC version 20.009.20067. A new version 20.009.20074 is now available for Adobe Acrobat/Reader DC. Please try to update the application to the latest version  and see if that works for you. Go to Help > Check for updates.

 

You may also try to reset the preferences to default as described in the help page https://community.adobe.com/t5/acrobat/how-to-reset-acrobat-preference-settings-to-default/td-p/4792... and see if that makes any difference.

 

If it still doesn't work, please try to create a new test user profile with full admin rights or enable the root accoount in Mac and try using the application there and check.

 

Keep us posted with the results

 

Regards

Amal

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New Here ,
Jul 27, 2020 Jul 27, 2020

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I also have the same problem.  I've been using the redact tool for years but just got a new laptop and transferred my account and now I'm getting the white box, as described by Kristin M.  Hitting the esc button brings me back to the document but doesn't redact.  Using Acrobat Pro DC, version 2020.009.20067.  Looking for a solution.

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Adobe Employee ,
Jul 27, 2020 Jul 27, 2020

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Hi,

Sorry for inconvenience.

 

You can share logs/dumps/sample files with us via Adobe Send https://documentcloud.adobe.com/link/send/ or any medium you are comfortable with. 

Thanks,

Charu Karwa

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New Here ,
Aug 20, 2021 Aug 20, 2021

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Hello, I also have the same problem for several months now. Did you find a solution?  Thanx ahead

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New Here ,
Aug 20, 2021 Aug 20, 2021

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I wish I could say I had. I tried to update but kept getting an error code. Another person in my office has Pro so I have just been using her computer to redact because I didn't have the time to spend troubleshooting and now it's just gotten to be a habit. Sorry 😞

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New Here ,
Sep 20, 2021 Sep 20, 2021

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I am having the same problem - my computer shoes the same blank white box and I can't apply my redactions. Seems to be a glitch. @Amal. Is Adobe aware of this issue and working on a fix? I'm running v. 2021.007.20091 on a 2021 Macbook Air with an M1 processor.

 

Sean

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Adobe Employee ,
Sep 21, 2021 Sep 21, 2021

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Hi Sean

 

Hope you are doing well and thank you for reporting this issue.

 

Please give us some time to get it cheked we will share the update soon

 

Regards

Amal

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New Here ,
Sep 28, 2021 Sep 28, 2021

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Hello Amal-

 

I work for the State of Michigan.  We have over 36,000 employees.  A large portion of our employees are experiencing this problem.  So much so that our IT Department has dubbed this issue "The White Box" error.


They have no solution to this error.  It does not impact all employees but a large portion of us are experiencing the same issue.  We restart and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.

 

Any information you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

 

-Heather 

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New Here ,
Sep 23, 2021 Sep 23, 2021

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I have been experiencing this issue with many of my users lately. Is there anymore info we can give to get this sorted by Adobe? Our previous solution was to uninstall and reinstall Acrobat but the issue would crop up again. We have been able to get a quicdker temprary fix by ending all the AcroCEF tasks and then force closing Acrobat. This allows the user to get back to their work faster but is still a temporary fix as the problem does resurface. Sometimes within the same day and sometimes for up to a week.

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New Here ,
Sep 23, 2021 Sep 23, 2021

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I believe it has something to do with AcroCEF as well.  We've gone so far as to uninstall, restart, delete OOBE, SLCache, and SLStore before reinstalling.  I have a number of users who can not redact nor add signatures.

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Adobe Employee ,
Sep 28, 2021 Sep 28, 2021

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Hi @defaulthwc8xpjx49q3 @larryd43786646 

Sorry for the inconvinience caused.

 

AcroCEF is basicaly responsible of multiple actions and screens in Acrobat. We are experiencing some glitch with AcroCEF in current release and there could be differennt issues internally which causes screen to be blank.

We are working towards some known AcroCEF issues, It would be great if we can have a live debugging session to unblock you ASAP.

 

Please write back to susoni@adobe.com  directlty for quick turnaround.

 

Thanks & Regards

Acrobat team

 

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Community Beginner ,
Sep 28, 2021 Sep 28, 2021

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Really hoping this gets figured out. I am having the same issue as well as just a regular user of Adobe Acrobat Pro DC since the newest update. I'll email you the process monitor events in csv and pml. Image attached below to go along wtih the procmon data

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Adobe Employee ,
Sep 28, 2021 Sep 28, 2021

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Thanks @kimm92138622 , I am waiting for your email.

 

Meanwhile anyone who is facing blank screen issue can share following info:

  • Check task manager, Are AcroCEF processes running ?
  • Share content of AcroCEF, acrocef_1 or acrocef_2 and WebResources folder avaiable at Acrobat installtion directory.

 

Regards

Acrobat Team

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New Here ,
Sep 29, 2021 Sep 29, 2021

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I am having this issue as well, very frustrating. I have both of those Adobe AcroCEF processes running. Have uninstalled and re-installed. Lost two hours of work today due to this issue. Spent over an hour on chat with Adobe and now awaiting a phone call to help. 

 

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Adobe Employee ,
Sep 29, 2021 Sep 29, 2021

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Hi @tracym73134871 

 

We have released a hot fix today for all the identified AcroCEF issues till now, Kindly "check for updates" from "Help" menu.

 

Please share if it resolves your problem. If not, we can have live debugging session to identify issue in your environment.

 

-Regards

Sunil Soni

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Adobe Employee ,
Sep 29, 2021 Sep 29, 2021

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Hi @Kristin M  @tracym73134871  @kimm92138622  @defaulthwc8xpjx49q3 @larryd43786646 

 

We have identified few issues, fixed them and released a patch.

I would appreciate if your team applies latest patch via "Check for updates" from "Help" menu in Reader(or Acrobat) and update us if it fixes your issue.

 

If your issue is not fixed, feel free to reach out to me directly at susoni@adobe.com for debugging session.

 

-Regards

Acrobat Team

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New Here ,
Oct 04, 2021 Oct 04, 2021

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@Sunil_Soni susoni@adobe.com  This happened today. We tried closing Acrobat and AcroCEF and re-opening and that did not work. We tried Help/Check for updates and there were no updates available.

I ran a repair on Acroat and that fixed it.

If that didn't work, I was planning to uninstall and reinstall like @Kari5FB7  suggested as a last resort. 

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New Here ,
Oct 05, 2021 Oct 05, 2021

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This issue is still dogging us. I have a few dozen users who can't use Acrobat features like redacting and signing. We're waiting for Adobe to publish a fix.

Larry Davick
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New Here ,
Oct 01, 2021 Oct 01, 2021

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I had this problem.  I went to the live chat and gave the agent permission to share the screen.  He was on it for a while but finally fixed it.  I asked him what he did so that I could share it to you all on this community support thread.

He said, "I have removed teh existing Acrobat installation file and reinstalled it after restarting the computer.  I have used Acrobat cleaner to remove Acrobat DC installation."

If you don't want to do it, then I would suggest letting one of the technical suppost live agents help you by letting them take over your screen.

Hope this works. 🙂

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Oct 20, 2021 Oct 20, 2021

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I have been having this problem for months. I ended up updating Adobe. Then I hit ctrl+alt+del and "end tasked" each instance of Adobe, Adobe installer, Adobe CEF helper, and CEF and restarted Adobe. All my recent files disappeared but the redact, save as, and signing works again!

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