Extracting Text From an Image in OneNote

OneNote is a great option for Optical Character Recognition tasks.

Thomas Duff

by Thomas Duff on 8/26/2016

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OCR, OneNote, Optical Character Recognition

OneNote is a treasure chest of tools that never stops giving. One of the options that can be a lifesaver is the ability to extract text out of an image so that you can use the words without retyping them from scratch. It's a free Optical Character Recognition (OCR) tool!

For an example, let's take this image I copy and pasted into a OneNote page:

Image in a OneNote page

This picture has some text I'd love to be able to put into a Word document, but I really don't have the time to re-type it from scratch. To let OneNote extract the text for me, I can right-click on the image and select Copy Text from Picture:

OneNote Copy Text from Picture option

Once I do that, OneNote uses its OCR ability to copy the actual text to your clipboard. At that point, you can paste it anywhere you'd like:

Pasted text from image

Something to keep in mind… OCR technology does a very good job in figuring out letters and words in an image, but it is not perfect. Once you paste the text into a document, you do need to read it and make any necessary corrections. For instance, it somehow thought I had a space in the middle of the word "originally." I'd hate to send that out uncorrected…

Topic: OneNote 2013 / 2016

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