You can extract or copy texts from images out and out with the help of programs powered by optical character recognition (OCR) engines. We can see how it can be achieved using two different programs within your reach.
Copying text from images or search for text in images is not a big deal by now. But many people don’t realise this truth and wasting their time by re-typing text, whenever they need to copy some text from images they hold. I am mentioning one instance where people need to copy text from images.
In your day-to-day official life, you may get scanned copies of letters, formats, or any other documents in the form of image files instead of PDF from your higher ups. To prepare reply, notes, revision you may need it in its original form, i.e, .doc, .pdf etc. If you are embarrassed to ask your higher ups, definitely you are going to waste lots of your time by re-typing the matter.
I admit that I was also in such situation earlier even though there was a hidden treasure with in the reach of my hand to do the trick for me. Yeah, I am talking about the hidden treasure in Office One Note, the Copy Text from Picture feature.
Many people have installed Microsoft Office One Note, a Microsoft Office Suite Program, on their computer but may never used or already forgotten that it is there. But as a blogger I use this powerful digital note often for taking screenshots and by now I realize that Microsoft (Office) One Note is a time saviour for many office goers.
Now let us see how to copy text from images almost perfectly using Microsoft One Note.
- Insert your image from which you need to extract or copy text into One Note. To insert -
- In Office One Note 2007 choose Insert Menu->Picture->From Files, in One Note 2010 you can insert picture from Insert Tab->Picture or
- Double click the image to open it in your default image editor and right click on the image and copy (or use Ctrl+A, Ctrl+C). Then open One Note and paste the image.
- Now you just need to right click on the image on One Note and choose Copy Text from Picture. It take only few seconds to copy.
One Note 2007 is included with Office 2007 Home and Student, Enterprise, and Ultimate editions. Whereas One Note 2010 is included with all editions of Office 2010 except for Starter edition.
If you don’t have this Office Suite program installed on your computer don’t worry. There is a good free program for copying or extracting text from images available now. The new OCR utility is named GT Text (Ground Truth Text) that pop ups text from scanned images that you can copy.
How to copy text from images using Gt Text?
Install the program and run. It directly open the Windows Open dialogue box. Now Select the Image from which you need to extract text and Open it.
Now press Ctrl+F and click Continue. The text is copied from the image.
Result Comparison of Copying Text From Images Using One Note & Gttext.
The first one is the source image (screenshot) used for copying text. And the two screenshots itself say lot about the copying. Check it and share with us which one you use.