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I have been using the text highlighter to black out text by setting the colour to black and the opacity to 100%. This is very wasteful of printer toner. I would like to white out text, but if I set the highlighter color to white, it doesn't show up, even with opacity to 100%. Is there some other way to accomplish this? It almost seems to be a bug. If the colour is white with 100% opacity, it should obscure the text behind it.
Daryl Morse 1080 days ago
The highlighter is like the high lighter you used in school, it covers the text but still allows one to read the text.If you want to remove the data or cover it so it is unreadable, also known as redaction, then you need to remove the data and fill-in the space of the removed data then use the Redaction in Acrobat Professional. If you want just a white cover over the text but still allow the text under the cover to located with find, search, and to be cut and pasted , then create a form field with the color white for fill. You could also change the color of the text to white.
Thanks for your reply. You are correct to point out that I am actually redacting text, not highlighting text. Using the highlighter with black colour completely obscures the text, but it's a waste of printer toner. I would have thought that selecting any colour with 100% opacity should obscure any text. Until now, I was not aware there was a redaction feature in Acrobat Pro. Unfortunately, Acrobat Standard is already overkill for my needs. It's hard to justify upgrading to Pro for this feature only.
Daryl Morse Commented 1080 days ago | Report
Acrobat 9 and X Standard have the forms tool. You could also use the Touch Up tool to remove or change the color of the text, but that does not remove the data.
George Kaiser Commented 1080 days ago | Report
If it is really only for yourself and for printing (and not for handing out the "redacted" document to someone else), you can use form fields to cover up the text you don't want to print. Make the field with white fillColor, and read-only. That would be a quick and dirty way to go.For serious redaction work, you might check with Appligent whether their Redax plug-in works with Acrobat Standard. You then would have the "industry standard" tool for Redaction.Hope this can help.Max Wyss.
What I'm trying to do is obscure personal information (e.g., account number) in a visa statement for printing. If there was a "white-out" pen that worked just like the high-lighter, except it was a solid colour, it would work perfectly. I don't need to remove the information out of the PDF, because I don't keep it anyway. I guess there's no easy way to do this without upgrading to Acrobat Pro. Thanks for the help.
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