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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.

In essence, whiting out a PDF follows the same manner as redaction - but you displace 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 before sharing your documents will another party. Follow the instructions below to get starting, 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 ‘Add shape’ and choose the square icon.

  3. Change the fill and border color to white.

  4. Adjust the box size to white-out your content.

  5. Hit ‘Finish’ and download your edited PDF.


PDF whiteout made easy!

You may white out text on PDF forms as many times as you’d like. The mark for redaction 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 whiten out content?


Of course! This procedure does evoke many memories of grade school - who hasn’t blown on the white-out written content on paper to speed up the drying? Once you place white boxes over text boxes, you can then add text onto these areas if you’d like, using the same edit tool. Furthermore, other than the redaction tool in white and the option to add text, you may also insert drawings and images to your PDF file.

Is this PDF white out tool free and safe 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 entered from any device, for occasional free use. Better yet, as an online platform, you can conduct the PDF white out by clicking onto the tool from our homepage, from anywhere with a stable internet connection. And lastly, an offline editor is also in the works, for those 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 is not 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, OCR is available for Pro users, which consists of recognizing and extracting all types of content and place 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 is not 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
Content Marketing Manager @Smallpdf