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Black out text and remove electronic data in Word documents

AuthorTec Redactor securely blacks out text and removes confidential data from Word documents while retaining the original document formatting.

  • Redact from multiple documents at once.

  • Create and Save reusable search criteria.

  • Locate and redact confidential numbers including Tax IDs, Passport Numbers, Passport Card Numbers, Visa Numbers, Telephone Numbers, Credit Card Numbers.


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Use AuthorTec Redactor for free for 30 days.


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Unlock for continued use with a License Key.

Purchase a permanent license with a one-time fee.


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How to Access & Use

  1. Open the Word document you need to redact and click the AuthorTec Redactor tab along the top of your screen.

  2. Use AuthorTec Redactor to black out text and remove associated confidential information while retaining the original formatting of the document.

  3. Learn how to use AuthorTec Redactor with our Tutorial and by using the instructions that are built into the software. If you don’t see your Redactor tab, please follow our Software Tab Troubleshooting to all it to show.


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Isn’t deleting or placing a black box over text the same as redacting it?

Redaction becomes necessary when you need to share documents that contain sensitive information that should not be viewed by all audiences, and it can be time-consuming and expensive.

Performing redaction correctly is critical to ensuring that sensitive information is not leaked. Removing the readers’s ability to see the confidential information is not enough.

Redaction is a technical process that involves thoroughly cleansing a document of any data traces of the sensitive information you need to protect.

Thus, while the visual outcome of redaction is blocking the reader’s ability to see confidential information, an equally important result of redaction is removing any electronic data associated with the document, to completely protect confidential information.

Luckily, AuthorTec Redactor helps you with that.


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AuthorTec Redactor is a Microsoft Office add-in.

It runs with:

  • PC Office 2019, 2016, 2013 and 2010

  • Office 365 PC, desktop version only.

Please review our System Requirements for additional technical information.


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