Convert Scanned Image to Text in 4 Steps

Learn how to convert scanned images to text format using the OCR feature in PDFelement.

It is often difficult to convert images to text or extract text from scanned images if you have to make some changes but cannot find the original text files. You can now use the Optical Character Recognition (OCR) feature from PDFelement and do the job easily.

How to Easily Convert Scanned Image to Text

PDFelement is currently the best all-in-one PDF software on the market with many unique features such as editing PDF documents, annotation, printing using many customizable options, and Optical Character Recognition (OCR), which helps to extract or edit text from scanned images. It sounds pretty unreal, but it is accurate, and here is how you can convert scanned images to text.

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Here is how to extract text from scanned images. Just follow the steps that are explained below.

Step 1 Open Scanned Image

Open PDFelement and from the main menu, click on 'Open Files' and choose the scanned image you wish to extract the text from.

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Step 2 Perform OCR

After the image is opened, it will show a prompt on the top of the file. Select 'Perform OCR' to start the optical character recognition process.

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Step 3 Scan to Editable Text

After selecting the 'Perform OCR' option, a dialogue box will appear displaying some options and settings regarding the OCR operation. Select 'Scan to editable text and the number of pages from the file you wish to extract the text from. Then click on 'Apply' to start the Optical character recognition process.

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Step 4 Edit PDF Text

After the OCR is performed, all the text from the images will be scanned and converted into editable text. Now you can edit the text, add or subtract it, add links of images in the files. Add watermarks or annotate on the file along with highlighting the text.

You can use any features from the many features of PDFelement to edit your converted image to text.

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Step 5 Save PDF

After you have done your editing and are satisfied with the outcome, it is time to save your file. Navigate to the top left corner of the window, select 'File' and then click 'Save' to save the file in your device's internal storage. 'Ctrl+S' is also an alternative for saving a file.

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For Win 7 or later (64-bit, 32-bit)

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For macOS 10.14 or later

Now you have learned one of the many unique and easy-to-use features of PDFelement. You can use it to extract and convert scanned images to text format, edit them using the annotation and other features and save them for further use.

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