How to Extract Text From Images Using Google Docs

Google docs has many useful functionalities. With the Google Docs you can edit your docs anywhere, anytime and with anyone. One of the functionalities which is inbuilt in the Google Docs is OCR. In a layman term, OCR is a technology which makes any read only text editable. For example, text in the images is not editable but with the help of OCR you can edit it. You can use this feature to extract text from images and edit it as per your need.

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Extract Text From Images using Google Docs

To extract text from images all you need to do is to upload your image file to the Google Docs.

Go to Google Drive. You need to log in to your Google account. Once you are logged in you can see the option to upload new files in your drive in left side. Click on the new and upload your image file as shown in the image below.   extract text from images


Uploading will take time according to your internet speed and image size. When your image is uploaded, right-click on it. Now select Open with > Google Docs. New tab will open with your image and text written in the image. If your image file has very big font then you may not see the extracted text. If your image file is clear then you will see the extracted text just below the image. See the image below for the example.


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If your image file is not clear then you will find that there are some mistakes in the extracted text. All those small mistakes won’t take as long time as typing whole document from image.

You can use the same method with read only PDF. If you want to edit the text from read only PDF then upload it to your Google drive and open it with Google docs. Keep in mind that it will just extract the data not the formatting. So you have to do a formatting by your self.

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