Convert text from an image into editable text- The/An easy way

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thumbHello there. It’s been a long time since I have not written a post. Well, the one today is about something I am used to do; but one of my friends asked to show him how it’s done; so I thought – Why not write a blog-post/tutorial about it?
What happened? .. Well I was busy doing nothing when the friend whatsapped (please do not search for that verb in the dictionary) me saying he had trouble copying texts from a document for his homework. I asked him to send me the document so that I can. In fact, the document was a PDF one; it was not a locked document but it was a scanned doc. hmm.. How to grab the text from it?.. The easy way though.. It’s coming next 😉

I first had to convert the PDF into some type of document to get the images as i could not copy directly. I won’t write a tutorial about it here just get yourself a PDF-to-Word converter; et le tour est joué !!. That’s not the point here, because my post is about taking text from images, any image.

Point to be noted is that this feature is already bundled with scanner softwares; namely Optical Character Reader Software. It recognizes the text in an image, creates a new document and dumps it there. But i needed a somehow turn-key solution without any third-party software. I wanted a solution that almost every user (Windows and Office 😛 – Linux pals, sorry for that) can use.

The software is Microsoft OneNote from the Microsoft Office Suite (2007+).

Enough talking; let’s get to work.

  1. First, open the image you want to convert and copy it to the clipboard. (Any method is fine; Ctrl+C or Copy-paste 😛 :P).

    Copying image directly from Image Viewer

    Copying image directly from Image Viewer

  2. Then, fire up Microsoft OneNote. (Start >> All Programs >> Microsoft Office >> Microsoft OneNote XXXX – where XXXX is the version of you MS Office Suite).
    Launching Microsoft OneNote from Start Menu

    Launching Microsoft OneNote from Start Menu

    You will be prompted to choose your prefered synchronisation setting; choose any of them as it won’t be of any use to us right now.

  3. You’ll be welcomed by a large blank page with a tutorial/guide-like image on it showing some uses of Microsoft OneNote. For information purposes only; Microsoft OneNote is a notebook like software enabling you to jot down anything from images to texts to free handwriting.)
    Microsoft OneNote default welcome screen

    Microsoft OneNote default welcome screen

    Just paste the copied image in the document and go to next step. You can also delete the tutorial image first then paste your image there.

    Pasted image to Microsoft OneNote

    Pasted image to Microsoft OneNote

     

  4. Then, right-click on the image and click Copy text from Picture.

    Copy Text from Picture

    Copy Text from Picture

     

     

  5. What’s left now, is to simply launch your favorite text editor and paste the text in it. 😉
    Text in text editor

    Text in text editor

    And Voila !!

And there you go; you now know how to copy text from an image. It’s not the best practice and for sure not the only solution available. There are loads of softwares out there doing the job; but still.. it can help when you simply just don’t have the type for the search-download-test cycle.

And as someone said; Sharing is Caring and Caring is loving – Thanks for that dear – i owe you loads;

Do not forget to share :)

 

Disclaimer :

  1. The softwares’ names are trademarks of their respective owners/developers.
  2. This post is not to promote the software of any company.

Thanks Venhar

Till then,

iRshaad

About irshaad

Irshaad is from Mauritius and a student in Information Systems Engineering in Turkey. Social, geeky, tech-lover and everything that's linked to technology; he's in it. Not exactly 'Jack of all trades' but he likes to try and test each and everything he comes across. His personal page: irshaad.me