How to Redact PDFs in Google Docs

If you need to redact sensitive information from a PDF document, you can do so in Google Docs by following these steps:

 1. Open the PDF file in Google Docs.

2. Click on the “Shields” icon in the top left corner of the document window.

 3. Select “Redact Document.”

4. Enter the redacted information into the text boxes below and click on “Submit.”

 5. The redacted content will be hidden from view in the document window and the “Shields” icon will disappear.

Setting Up the PDF in Google Docs

To redact PDFs in Google Docs, follow these steps: Open the PDF in Google Docs. Click File > Make a copy. Change the file name to something more discreet (e.g. redacted-PDF). Click Save to save the redacted copy of the PDF.

Now you can delete any sensitive information from the redacted document without affecting the original.

Identifying and Selecting the Text to Redact

When working with PDFs in Google Docs, there are a few things to keep in mind when redacted text is needed:

1) Keep the redaction within the bounds of the PDF. If text needs to be redacted outside of the PDF, it may need to be done through another application such as Photoshop.
2) Try to use black and white or light colors for redactions so that they stand out and don’t blend in with the rest of the document.
3) Use a simple redaction tool such as X-Acto knife or scissors to make quick and easy redactions.

Using the Redaction Tools

In this blog post, we will show you how to redact PDFs in Google Docs. We will start by explaining the different types of redactions and then provide a few tips on how to use the Google Docs Redaction tools.

There are four main types of redactions that you can make in Google Docs: text, images, lines, and shapes.
Text redactions work by removing words or entire sentences from a document. Images redactions remove images from a document. Lines and shapes redactions remove lines or shapes from a document.

To make a text redacted document, click on the text box in the editor toolbar and select the Edit > Paste Redacted Text option. This will open up the Paste Redacted Text dialog box where you can enter the text that you want to redacted.
Once you have entered your redacted text, click on the OK button to save your changes and close the dialog box. You will now see your redacted text appear in gray in the editor area of your document. To see all of the redacted content in your document, double-click on any piece of redacted content.

You can also use the Edit > Select All menu option to select all of the redacted text in your document and then choose Edit > Copy As HTML to copy it as a hidden HTML page that you can share with others or embed it on your website.

To make an image redacted document, first click on

Saving and Exporting the Redacted PDF

If you need to save a redacted PDF file for later use, you can do so in Google Docs by following these steps:

1. Open the document you want to redact.

2. Click the “More” button in the upper-right corner of the window and select “Save As.”

3. In the “Save As” dialog box, enter a filename for the redacted document and click Save.

4. In the “Files of Type” box, choose “PDF.”

5. Click Next to continue.

6. In the “Options for This Document” dialog box, make sure that all of the checkboxes are selected and click OK to continue.

7. In the “Formatting Options for This Document” dialog box, make sure that all of the checkboxes are selected and click OK to continue.

Select File > Close from your browser’s main menu bar if you’re done working with this document.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

When you’re working with PDFs in Google Docs, you’ll likely run into some common issues. Here are some tips for troubleshooting them: If the PDF won’t open at all: Make sure your computer is up to date and that you have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader installed. If the PDF still won’t open, try using a different browser or emailing the file to yourself to download it first. If the PDF opens but parts of it are blacked out: First, make sure your document is properly redacted. To do this, go to File → Tools → Restrict View → Document Restrictions and make sure ‘Protect content with blacked-out areas’ is turned on. Then, check that your document’s resolution settings are set to ’72 dpi’. If they’re not, go to Resolution → Display and change them.

Finally, check that your document’s color setting is set to ‘None’. If the PDF still won’t open or part of it is blacked out: Try downloading the file in a different format (like JPEG or PNG) and opening it in an application that supports those formats instead. If none of those work, try emailing or sending the file via another medium—like Dropbox—and downloading it afterwards.

Advanced Tips and Tricks for Redacting PDFs in Google Docs

If you’re working with PDFs in Google Docs, you’ll likely want to redact sensitive information before sharing the document with anyone. There are a few different ways to do this; we’ll show you how to use each one.

The first thing you’ll need is the Google Docs password. This is the password you use to sign into your account and access your documents. If you don’t have it handy, you can easily get it by going to Google Drive and clicking on Account Settings in the top left corner of the page. Then, scroll down to “Password.” Next, enter your email address into the “Send me my password” field, and click on the “Create Password” button. Finally, copy the password onto a piece of paper and keep it safe.

Now that we have our password, we can start redacting our PDFs. Open up a PDF that you want to redacted and click on the three lines in the top left corner of the window (known as thumbnails). Next, select “Edit Inline.” You’ll see a grid appear with nine squares on it (six for text blocks and three for images). To start redacting an item, click on the square next to it that has an X inside of it. This will insert a black cross in front of the selected text block or image. To remove any redactions you’ve made, just click on the X next to any text block or image and it will be


Redacting PDFs in Google Docs can be a hassle, but with a few simple steps it can be done easily. By following the right steps, you can remove sensitive information while still retaining the document’s original look and feel. If you need to redact documents regularly, our guide will help make the process as painless as possible. Thanks for reading!

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