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How to Scan to Text?

Introduction

Step 1. Scan Image

Step 2. Start OCR

Step 3. Save Text

Required Resources

OCR Free 4.2.1 or later
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Introduction

    OCR Optical Character Recognition is a technology that makes you able to convert your scanned paper documents, books, PDF files into editable and searchable text format. OCR Free can meet all of these demands. Now, download and install OCR Free to convert scan to text.

Step 1. Scan Image

    Launch OCR Free and click "Scan..." to choose a scanner connected to your computer and activate the scanner program of your system.

Activate Scanner

You may click "Preview" to see the file to be scanned. Then click "Scan" to perform scanning.

Start Scan

Several seconds later, the image is scanned to the image window. Click "Fit Image", "Fit Width", "Enlarge" and "Reduce" to adjust the image to the right size; if needed, click "Rotate ACW" or "Rotate CW" to correct it to the up-right position; or you can drag your mouse to select a part of the image.

Adjust Image


Step 2. Start OCR

    Click "OCR" to extract the text from the selection. The extracted text will display in the text window in several seconds. Click the text window and you can find some documents tools on the top. "Clear Text Window" is to delete all of the text and there is "Remove Line Breaks" button for easier editing. You can also click "Copy all Texts to Clipboard" to copy text in order to place it into the application of your choice.

Start OCR


Step 3. Save Text

    Click "Save Text" to save the extracted text as *.txt in the output folder with the filename specified. (To output the text as Word document, click "Export Text into Microsoft Word" and save it.)

Save Text

 

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