Redact and print PDF for free

I wanted to print a copy of my tax return with SSNs redacted. This should be much easier to do at no/low cost. Black sharpie isn’t reliable. Paying for the premium Acrobat product is overkill. Entrusting an unknown web site with your sensitive data seems like a terrible idea.

Here is a low tech and free way to do this in Windows.

  • Open the PDF doc in a browser, Acrobat reader, etc.
  • Copy a snapshot using Windows-shift-S.
  • Paste into Paint.
  • Redact as needed.
  • Print from Paint.

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