Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Copy Text from Image

Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is how you can read text from image files. There are some tools out there that will allow you to do this (freeware/shareware/etc.) However, if you are in a Microsoft-heavy environment as I am and you have Microsoft Office OneNote available, you already have this function readily available. The steps are as follows:

- Take a screenshot of the image that has text that you want (error message, web image, etc.)

- Open Microsoft OneNote

- In a new tab, paste the image into the new Tab (Edit > Paste; Ctrl-v)

- Right-click on your newly pasted image and select, "Copy Text from Picture"

...that's it! Paste the text now on your clipboard wherever you want it!

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