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>You could cut out each individual word and string them together, with a single size "redaction" block perhaps, but that's a lot of work.

Not really. OCR is plenty good enough to scan a document and then you can just replace anything you wanted redacted with a common string: [REDACTED]

Even if OCR wasn't an option, it would still (probably) be easier to type up the document than it would be to physically cut out all the things you want to redact.

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