Tuesday, 9 April 2013

How To Copy Text From Images or Scanned Documents

Extract Text Form Images/ Scanned Documents
At times we come across situations where we desperately need to extract text from a scanned document or image. If we do not know of tool to copy text from scanned images then we are damned! We will have to sit and do the tedious task of typing the whole document in order to have a soft copy.

Here we introduce you to GT Text, a totally free and open source OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software hosted on Google Code that performs an awesome job of extracting text from images or scanned or even photographed documents.

How to Extract Text From Scanned Documents/Images Using GT Text

For using GT Text to extract text from images, firstly you have to download GT Text from here or here. Once you have downloaded GT Text, then simply launch it and its all a walk in the park to extract text from images.

Once you launch GT Text, it will prompt you to open the image file/ scanned document from which you wish to extract text. Browse to the file and open it.

Extract Text Form Images/ Scanned Documents Step 1

Here we have selected a scanned document and have opened it in GT Text, then we select the text area which is  to be extracted from the image.

Extract Text Form Images/ Scanned Documents Step 2

Once you select the text to be copied from the image , it will automatically be copied onto your clipboard. Simply use the shortcut key CTRL+V to paste it in a word editor like Microsoft Word or anywhere you wish.

Copy and Paste The Extracted  Text to  Microsoft Word

Tip: You can select text from the entire image by simply using the shortcut CTRL+F or by going to Tools>> Copy Text From >> Full Image.

You can also use this simple yet powerful image to text extraction tool to extract text in other languages also. To change your preferred text recognition language go to File >> Preferences and then select the “Add Languages” option and select the language you wish.

This is a great tool yet keeps it simple and you should feel super awesome using this cool text extraction tool.

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