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How to Extract Text from Scanned PDF (PDF OCR)

Introduction

Step 1: Input PDF

Step 2: Start OCR

Step 3: Save Text


Introduction

Are you disturbed by converting scanned PDF into editable Word, TXT output formats in your daily work? We highly recommend Free OCR! It is capable of extracting text from scanned PDF file and it does much better and faster than any data entry operation. Now, just download & install Free OCR and follow the instructions below to extract text from scanned PDF.

Step 1: Input PDF

Launch Free OCR to choose "OCR". Click "Load PDF" to choose a PDF file you want to extract and click "Open" to input it to the program window.

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Input PDF


Step 2: Start OCR

When the file is on the preview window, click "Zoom out/Zoom in/Fit Width/Fit Page" to get a better view of the file. The bigger the preview, the more accurate result text you get. Thus, we suggest you zoom in as much as possible. Use "Previous/Next" to preview the pages one by one. Click "OCR" and you'll get the text extracted from the PDF file.

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Start OCR


Step 3: Save Text

The extracted text will display in the text window in several seconds. You can find some documents tools on the right 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. To save the extracted text as *.txt, click "Save Text". If needed, click "Export Text into Microsoft Word" to output the extracted text in Word, then you can save it as Word document.

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Save Text


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Free OCR is an efficient tool that designed to convert scanned documents and PDF files into editable electronic text files fast and easily. OCR (Optical Character Recognition) can really come in handy when you need to grab some text out of an image generated from digital cameras and mobile phones along with scanners. Just a few clicks will get all your image files extracted to text - download and try this program for free now!

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