If you have Word 2007 or newer, you can use it to edit scanned text, which is much faster than typing the whole thing from scratch. To enable this feature and convert a scanned document to editable text, follow these steps.
Method 1 of 2: Enable Document Imaging
1 Find a list of your installed programs in the Control Panel.Windows 7 or Vista: Go to Control Panel > Programs > Programs and Features.Windows XP: Go to Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs > Remove a Program.
2 Select your Microsoft Office edition, then click Change. Your version of Word might be in a Microsoft Office pack or it might just be called Microsoft Office Word. 3 Click Add or Remove Features, and then click Continue.
4 Expand Office Tools, then click on Microsoft Office Document Imaging and select Run all from my Computer.
5 Click Continue, then wait for configuration to complete.
Method 2 of 2: Convert a Scanned Document to Editable Text
1 Scan and/or open the document with Paint. If scanning, follow …
Quite frankly, I wish I knew about this simple way to use freely available OCR software back in my school days. Of course, we didn’t have camera mobile phones or inexpensive Digicams, but wouldn’t it have saved hours of copying notes!
Ah, modern technology is wonderful; take a scanned image (or take a snap using a mobile camera/Digicam) and presto ““ OCR software extracts all the information from the image into easily editable text format. Optical character recognition (OCR) is a system of converting scanned printed/handwritten image files into its machine readable text format. OCR software works by analyzing a document and comparing it with fonts stored in its database and/or by noting features typical to characters. Some OCR software also puts it through a spell checker to “guess” unrecognized words. 100% accuracy is difficult to achieve, but close approximation is what most software strive for. Maybe you have already come across our previous How to Extract Text from Images (OCR) pos…
The Best Web-based OCR Services
Most scanners ship with some
sort of OCR software but if you don’t have a scanner, you can simply
capture a photograph of the printed text with your digital camera or
even your mobile phone and then use an online OCR utility to extract
text out of that image.
Meet the best online OCR services that can help you convert images into text.
1. Google Docs
– When you upload an image file or a scanned PDF to Google Docs, check
the option that says “Convert text to Google Docs format” and Google
Docs will automatically perform OCR on the file before saving it to your
account. If the OCR operation is successful, all the extracted
text is stored as a new document else Google Docs will store your
original image without any modification.
With Google Docs, you
can perform OCR on images and PDFs as large as 2 MB, the text
recognition accuracy is quite impressive and there are no limits on the
number of files that you can process in a day. However, Google …