Sometimes you find a very useful printed article in a magazine, journal or newspaper and want to convert it into a Microsoft Word document. If you want to have the text from such a scanned document in the MS Word format, then either you can manually type it in MS Word or you can use a scanner and special OCR (optical character recognition) software to automatically scan and convert that article. Free OCR to Word is such a software that can help you convert scanned images directly into the MS Word document.
Free OCR to Word is a free software for Windows that enables you to extract the text from a scanned document or image into an MS Word file. It can convert your already scanned image files into a Word document but it can also work with your scanner and directly export the scanned documents into a Word document. It boasts of around 98% OCR conversion accuracy. It supports almost all kinds of image formats like JPG/JPEG, TIF/TIFF, BMP, GIF, PNG, EMF, WMF, JPE, ICO, PCX, PSD, TGA and many more. Any text within images can be output to MS Word or plain text formats.
You can download Free OCR to Word from its website. The download is around 6.5 megabytes in size. After the installation you can run it from its Start Menu shortcut. If you want to use your scanner to scan and convert documents into Word, make sure you connect your scanner to your PC and and turn it on before you run Free OCR to Word. The user interface of Free OCR to Word is very easy to follow. If you want to convert a previously scanned image, click on the Open button in the toolbar and choose an image. If you have connected a scanner, then click on the Scan button to start the scanning process. The scanned image will be shown in the left side pane and you can adjust it using various button in the toolbar to rotate it left or right and fit the image by width etc.
Once you think the text in the opened or scanned image is vertically straight, select a rectangular region in the image to extract the text from it. If you do not select a region from the image, then it would extract text from whole of the image. Now you can click on the OCR button to start the conversion. At this point, you would see the extracted text in the right pane. You can edit it, remove line breaks and more. Once you are satisfied, you can choose to either export the extracted text into an MS Word document by clicking on the Export Text into Microsoft Word or you can save it in a plain text file by clicking on the Save Text button.
Free OCR to Word is a free solution to help you extract text from your scanned documents and images. The whole prcoess is very easy and takes only three steps to finish. You can save the extracted text into an MS Word document or a text file. If you have to regularly convert scanned images into text or MS Word documents, then you may benefit from Free OCR to Word. You can download it from its website at http://www.ocrtoword.com/.