Sometimes we need to get the text out of photos or scanned documents for further editing and use. There you can use OCR software which is available for free – Free OCR to Word is a pretty straight forward and no fuss application that extracts the text from images or photos taken from digital cameras or Smartphones.
Launch Free OCR to Word and click “Open…” to select the image file containing text (The program supports image file formats like PNG, PSD, ICO, JPG, JPEG, TIFF, etc.) and it will display in the image window. Click “Fit Image”, “Fit Width”, “Enlarge” and “Reduce” to adjust the image to the right size. If needed, click “Rotate ACW” or “Rotate CW” to correct it to the up-right position. Drag your mouse to select the part of the image which contains the text you want to extract. If you want to extract all text, just zoom in as much as possible.
Click “OCR” to extract the text from the selection. The extracted text will display in the text window in several seconds. Click the text window and you can find some documents tools on the 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.
Click “Save Text” to save the extracted text as *.txt in the output folder with the filename specified. (To output the text as Word document, click “Export Text into Microsoft Word” and save it.)