Adding Whiteout or Redactions to your document

The Whiteout Tool allows you to easily cover up and erase content on a PDF document. You can choose from these two methods for applying it to a page:

Once the Whiteout Tool DocHub_Tool_Bar_-_Whiteout.png is selected, you'll see 2 toggle switches appear to the right of the Tool Bar for choosing between Box or Text for the method of annotation and for changing the color between White or Black (Redact requires Pro).


Framing a box

The 'Whiteout/Redact Box' tool lets you frame a box over any area of your document you want to cover or erase with whiteout. 

  1. Click and hold on the outer edge of the area you want to whiteout or redacted.
  2. Drag to the other side of the desired area 
  3. Release 


This will create a boxed annotation window that is filled with white space. You can always resize, move, or delete the whiteout window later on and add other annotations such as text on top of the whiteout . You can learn more in our article Edit or remove existing text on a PDF.

To find out more about all of the different types of annotations you can add to your documents, see What PDF editor tools does DocHub offer for annotating & signing documents?.

Selecting text 

The other Whiteout tool in that menu is designed to help you erase or redact text on your PDF exclusively without it adding any whiteout space to the surrounding areas outside the rows and paragraphs of text. The 'Whiteout/Redact Text' tool totally simplifies this type of document markup and helps turn what once was a very tedious and labor intensive task into a much more efficient, automated process.

To use the text whiteout tool, the actions you take are basically the same as highlighting text on a webpage or a document. Here's how:

  1. Click and hold just outside the area of text.
  2. Drag across and over the text on the page.
  3. Release when you've reached the last bit of text you want to whiteout or redact. 


Any text to the right of where you released the frame will remain visible on the page even if it's within the window frame. Drag the cursor or your finger across and over any text you missed. You can always resize, move, or delete the annotation later.

DocHub will automatically detect and ID any digital or embedded text on your PDF and only apply whiteout over the text that you specifically dragged the cursor or your finger on and over. The white area(s) will appear as neatly formatted blocks that are lined up perfectly with the baselines and top of each row of text while leaving the areas outside the rows of text as they were before.

The Redact (black) option is considered a premium markup tool for Pro users, so you would need to upgrade to DocHub Pro in order to unlock and use it on your documents. See our article Does it cost anything to edit, share, & sign PDFs?.

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