Copy text from an image

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OneNote can read text in an image by using a feature called Optical Character Recognition (OCR). This means you can copy text from an image and paste it where you need it, which can be a real time-saver.

Behind the scenes, OneNote also uses this nifty OCR feature when searching your notes.

OCR overview

Copy text from an image

  1. From a OneNote page, right-click a picture that has text, and then choose Copy Text from Picture.

    After copying text from a picture
  2. Choose where you want to copy the text, and then press CTRL+V to paste it.

    Before copying text from a picture

Note: Clarity of the text, character spacing, and other issues can affect the quality. Final editing and fix-up is sometimes required.

Try it!

  1. Insert an image with text that you want to copy for homework, a report, or as a note.

  2. If necessary, correct the text. Especially with a large amount of text, experiment with the Spelling command (Press F7) to see if this helps.

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