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PDF White Out – Erase Text or Images from PDF Online

by Hung Nguyen

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Use the Smallpdf Editor to white out existing content from any PDF document. The tool is free to use online, without the need to register.

Whiting out a PDF is essentially the same as a redaction, except that you hide content with white blocks instead of black ones. The PDF white-out process can be done for free, using our PDF Editor for you to filter out information before sharing your documents with another party. Follow the instructions below to get started, or head straight over to our editing tools (trust us, it’s easy to use).

How To White Out a PDF Online for Free

  1. Drag and drop a PDF into our Editor.

  2. Click the square icon to get started, and choose “Rectangle.”

  3. Change the fill and border color to white.

  4. Place and adjust the box size to cover the content.

  5. Hit “Download” and save your edited PDF!


PDF whiteout made easy!

Whiting out text will ensure that nobody can view or edit the content that has been covered. Thus, make sure you have a copy of the original document elsewhere before you apply the redaction to the text—unless the information is to be forever hidden.

Can I Edit Text on Top of the Whitened Out Content?


Of course! But it’s much easier than what you might remember from grade school—waiting for the liquid white-out to dry so you can painfully try to write over it. With the same edit tool you can select the text icon from the toolbar and instantly place new text directly on top of the white-out box. Other than the redaction tool in white and the option to add text, you can also insert drawings and images to your PDF file.

Is This PDF White Out Tool Free To Use?


We believe that the options to convert and edit PDF files should be available to anyone to use. As such, our edit tool can be accessed from any device, for occasional free use. Better yet, as an online platform, you can conduct the PDF white out by clicking on the tool from our homepage, from anywhere with a stable internet connection. And lastly, an offline Desktop editor is also available for our Pro users if you’re looking for an Adobe Acrobat alternative.

Can I Modify the Existing Text in a PDF?


Even though the option to select the text within a PDF isn’t available, especially for scanned PDFs, you can always use the PDF to Word tool to convert your document into an editable file. With this, you can freely remove, edit, or enhance existing text on your digital file, as per your needs. If you upload scans, Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is available for Pro users, which recognizes and extracts all types of content and places them accordingly onto the output file. Other tools are also available on Smallpdf, in case the output file needs to be in PPT, Excel, or JPG (albeit the last option does not leave a lot of room for editing).

Conversely, if you have a document on hand that isn’t in PDF format, the all-in-one PDF converter can first save your file to PDF format, so that you can freely white out your PDF using our editor, following the instructions illustrated above. Enjoy the modification!


PDF content removal has never been easier

Hung Nguyen
Hung Nguyen
Senior Growth Marketing Manager @Smallpdf