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Microsoft Offers CIA-esque Tool For Word

The so-called redaction feature allows users to black out sensitive sections before e-mailing or printing a document.

Microsoft on Tuesday published a free add-on to Word 2003 that lets users black out sections of documents by removing confidential information prior to printing or e-mailing.

Dubbed the "Redaction Add-in," the 1MB download adds a new toolbar to Word 2003.

"Sensitive government documents, confidential legal documents, insurance contracts, and other sensitive documents are often redacted before being made available to the public," Microsoft said in the accompanying notice.

Any text marked with the add-in is completely removed from the document and marked with black bars in both the on-screen and printed versions. A redacted version of the file can then be saved for printing and/or electronic distribution.

The add-in can be found on Microsoft's Download Center.

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