OneNote is an Office application for creating, editing and saving notes. In addition to this, the note keeper can be used for inserting almost every type of content including table, picture, link, file printout, video clip, audio recording, and more.
Microsoft OneNote, if you are not aware supports Optical Character Recognition (OCR), a tool that allows copying text from a picture or file printout and paste it in your notes. This proves handy, especially when you need to copy information from a business card you’ve scanned into OneNote. After you have extracted the text, you can paste it somewhere else in OneNote. Let us consider another example.
Suppose you want to digitize a magazine article. If you do not possess sound knowledge about OCR, you could possibly spend tens of hours retyping and then correcting misprints. Or best, you could simply convert all the required materials into digital format in several minutes time using a scanner and Optical Character Recognition software.
Optical Character Recognition, or OCR, is a technology that enables you to convert different types of documents, such as scanned paper documents, PDF files, or images captured by a digital camera into editable and searchable data. Let’s see how it works in OneNote 2016/2013.
Copy Text from Picture using OneNote
You can choose to copy the text from the printout and insert it as plain text in OneNote desktop software. To extract text from a single picture you’ve added into OneNote, right-click the picture, and click Copy Text from Picture.
Click where you’d like to paste the copied text, and then press Ctrl+V.
To extract text from the images of a multiple-page file printout (PDF) file, simply open your pdf file, right-click the mouse button and select the ‘Print’ option.
Next, under the window that appears on your computer screen, choose ‘Send it to print to OneNote 2013’.
Select a location for the file.
The file will start the process to convert and send to OneNote.
Once converted, OneNote will open and show you the PDF file. Right click on it and select “Copy Text from the Pages of the Printout”.
You can now paste it where you want to.
In most cases, it is possible to copy the text largely error-free from the printout using the built-in text recognition feature in OneNote. Certain fonts can present problems, especially serif fonts, while so-called “grotesque fonts” – sans serif fonts – e.g. Arial and Verdana, normally do not create problems.
Also, the text is copied exactly as it appears. So if the text is in columns, you will get many short lines. nevertheless, this can be corrected relatively quickly by removing the line break after each line manually.
How to extract text from the images of a multiple-page file printout in OneNote?
Right-click any of the images, and then:
- Click Copy Text from this Page of the Printout to copy text from only the currently selected image (page).
- Click Copy Text from All the Pages of the Printout to copy text from all the images (pages).
- Click where you’d like to paste the copied text, and then press Ctrl+V.
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