The best way to remove redactions in a PDF.
Learn how to restore information by removing redactions in a PDF.
Redactions are a great way to hide sensitive information in forms and documents, but sometimes, you might need to take a second look. Luckily, you can remove redactions in a PDF if you have access to the original file.
Redaction removal from the original PDF file.
When you redact information in a PDF using an editor, it creates two separate files: the original and a redacted PDF.
If you have access to the original file, removing redactions in a PDF is easy. Click on the Edit tab at the top of the screen and select Redact Text & Images. There, you’ll be able to add new redactions or remove the existing ones. Once you remove the redactions, the colored bars will go away, revealing the information underneath.
This only works if you have access to the original PDF and not just the redacted file. Once a file is saved with redactions applied, there’s no way to get the information back. If you overwrite the original PDF with the redacted version, the redacted information is gone forever.
Add, remove, and change redactions with a PDF editor.
If you need to hide sensitive information on a PDF, simply adding a colored bar over text or images isn’t enough.
The best way to keep your data private is by using a PDF editor like Adobe Acrobat DC. PDF editors will actually remove the information from the file, ensuring that even the most tech-savvy individuals can’t get access to your sensitive data.