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    TOP secret text proportional fonts

    Hi,

    part of document is top secret. Needs to be blacked out, but before that characters replaced with something like XXXXXX. The only issue is that text width in each line must be the same after replacement and fonts used are unfortunately proportional.

    Any hints or ideas which way to look for a solution?

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    Re: TOP secret text proportional fonts

    I think you have a problem to do this neatly, if monospace fonts are not used.
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    Re: TOP secret text proportional fonts

    I know Can use VBA and I am brainstorming any idea which direction to go to...

    Just came up with an idea that might work. Can read string in each line including spaces, randomly shuffle and rewrite same string. Don't know how good is this for in terms of cryptography but for my needs it might work.
    Idea no 1 If anyone has any other let me know please...

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    Re: TOP secret text proportional fonts

    You could use a macro to calculate the width of each redaction word, then replace that word with
    an inlineshape of the same width; or
    a string of characters (e.g. X) and adjust the character spacing to achieve the same width.
    Last edited by macropod; 03-10-2021 at 10:39 PM.
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    Re: TOP secret text proportional fonts

    Maybe I'm being silly, but can't it be painted over for a while? I just have a document where one part should not be seen by colleagues. So I just painted that part black.

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    Re: TOP secret text proportional fonts

    Quote Originally Posted by Ontoris View Post
    Maybe I'm being silly, but can't it be painted over for a while? I just have a document where one part should not be seen by colleagues. So I just painted that part black.

    Unfortunately not enough. Text is seriously top secret and goal is to prevent copy paste from PDF if user is not careful enough to prevent this in pdf file.

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