Learn to use the Redact tool to permanently remove private or sensitive information from your PDF. Use the Sanitize tool to remove information that is not visible in the file, such as comments, metadata, or hidden layers.
Available in Acrobat Pro DC only.
In Acrobat Pro DC, select Redact from the Tools center or pane.
Open Properties to customize the appearance of your redactions including color of redaction boxes or text overlay.
To redact information, first mark the items for removal and then apply the redactions. You can redact entire pages or selected content.
To redact an entire page or pages, select Redact Pages, select the page or page range which you’d like to redact, and click Ok.
To find specific content to redact, select Redact Text & Images, Find Text & Redact.
Use the cursor to select the content to redact and see a preview of the redaction by hovering over the selected content.
Use the search box to search for a specific word or phrase, or select Pattern to find certain types of information. Select the boxes next to items and click Search & Remove Text.
Click Apply in the Redact top menu bar to apply the marked redactions and save redacted file.
With the Redact toolbar open, click Sanitize Document in the top menu bar.
Click OK to confirm the removal of hidden information and all hidden information will be removed from the document. Alternatively, click to selectively remove hidden information, choose which information you want hidden, and click Remove.
Click to download a PDF of the Redact & Sanitize tutorial.