When Redax is installed, it adds a menu and a button toolbar to the Adobe Acrobat workspace. In addition, two default exemption code palettes are available for use and can be displayed or hidden by making a selection from the Redax menu.

Redax Menu

The Redax menu is accessible from the Acrobat menu bar.

The main menu

The main menu provides access to the primary functions in Redax.

Redax Main Menu

The submenus

The Redax menu includes four submenus:

  • Reports
  • Show/Hide
  • Find Areas
  • Redax Preferences

Reports submenu

The Reports submenu lists reports you can use to check your markup and redaction.

Redax Reports Submenu

Show/Hide submenu

The Show/Hide submenu displays all of the available exemption code palettes, which you can show or hide.

The exemption code palettes that are installed with Redax are shown below. You can create additional palettes from the Redax Edit Palettes menu, described under Creating a new palette.

Default Show/Hide Submenu

Find Areas submenu

The Find Areas submenu contains Find operations that you can use to evaluate a document before you mark it for redaction.

Find Areas Submenu

Redax Preferences submenu

The Redax Preferences submenu displays three options for setting up Redax box preferences as well as redaction preferences.

Redax Preferences submenu

Redax Tools

There are ten Redax tools, or buttons, to help you work. You can use these tools, or their corresponding menu commands based on how you prefer to work.

Acrobat 7, 8 and 9

To access the Redax tools under Acrobat 7, 8 and 9, select View > Toolbars > Redax Tools or right-click in any open area of the toolbar and choose Redax Tools from the menu. The Redax toolbar appears. You can move or dock the toolbar as you wish.

Acrobat X and XI

Acrobat X and XI provide a few ways to access the Redax tools.

  • Click on the Tools menu on the right > Select Redax Tools.
  • Add the icons to the toolbar by clicking the “Customize Quick Tools” icon Customize toolbar icon as it appears in Acrobat X on the toolbar, then select Third-Party Plug-Ins > Redax Tools > Click on an option > Hit the right arrow.
  • Another way to access Quick Tools is to right-click in any open area of the Acrobat toolbar and select Quick Tools.

The figure below helps identify the tools on the Redax toolbar.

Redax Toolbar Tools

Exemption Code Palettes

If you redact with exemption codes, you can quickly add one or more codes to an active Redax box by clicking the corresponding buttons on an exemption code palette.

The following sections describe the default exemption palettes supplied with Redax and explains how to manipulate exemption code palettes. For information about modifying the default palettes or creating your own, see Creating and Customizing Exemption Code Palettes.

The default palettes

Redax provides two default exemption code palettes for the:

  • United States FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) – US FOIA
  • United States Privacy Act – US Privacy

The default exemption code palettes are shown in the figure below. (Refer to Exemption Code Palettes, for a summary of the exemption codes.)

Default FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) Palette   Default Privacy Act Palette

Manipulating the palettes

You can manipulate the exemption code palettes to best suit your needs. The following sections tell you how to:

  • Show and hide a palette
  • Move a palette
  • Resize a palette
  • Close a palette
  • Collapse a palette

Showing and hiding a palette

To display a palette, select Redax > Show/Hide, and then check the palette name.

To hide a palette, select Redax > Show/Hide, and then clear the check box next to the palette name. You can also hide all palettes by selecting Redax > Show/Hide > Hide All Palettes.

Important! If you select Redax > Show/Hide > Palette Name, and the palette does not appear, it may already be set to show but is moved out of the window area where you cannot see it. Select Redax > Show/Hide > Display All Palettes. This brings all palettes to the window for you to see.

Moving a palette

To move a palette, click on its title bar and drag it.

FOIA palette with title bar indicated

Resizing a palette

To resize a palette, click on the drop down arrow on the palette and select Narrow Palette. To make the palette larger, click on the drop down arrow and uncheck Narrow Palette. If you remove the check mark next to an exemption code, that exemption code will not display in the Palette window. You will see a blank space in place of where the exemption code would be.

Resize a palette 1       Resize Palette 2 - select desired palettes

Closing a palette

To close a palette, click the X at the top right of window.

Close a palette

Collapse a palette

You can leave a palette window open but collapse the exemption codes so they are not in the way. To do this, click on the handle on the right side of the palette window. The title will remain visible but all exemption codes will “disappear” so you can see more of the screen.

Collapse a palette