Steps to Copy Text from Image Easily

How many times it happen that you have some scanned image of a document and want to copy the text from there? Yes quite often. So if you have any image whether scanned or photographed, you can still take out the text from the image easily.

Well there are many software available for that purpose that works on OCR (Optical Character Recognition) system but those are not free and you will have to pay some amount for using those software.

So for copying the text from the image all you need is Microsoft Office OneNote and rest it will take care of itself.


1.    Run the Microsoft Office OneNote.

2.    Just copy the image (any format whether jpg, bmp, png etc) and paste it in the OneNote. Don’t “open with” the image as it will give an error.

3.    Now select the entire image and right click on the page.

4.    Click the option “Copy Text From Picture”.

5.    Just paste the contents back on any Word Document.

The text has been extracted from Office OneNote and can be printed neatly. If you are worried about the formatting of the pasted content, you could select “Keep Source formatting” in the paste option.

Let me know how did you like the tip?

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70 comments on “Steps to Copy Text from Image Easily
  1. Dave says:

    I use GT Text,
    is fast and pretty good.
    Thumps up!

  2. AJAY says:


  3. sourav says:

    great job sir,
    its a nice tip…
    But it can’t working for a text which is align to path..

  4. Nomaan says:

    Very good trick. It saves time. But it will be very good if i can copy Bangla text from image. Do you have any idea about this?

  5. Damitha01 says:

    yeh its realy cool. 100% working for my needs… thanks

  6. i love u sir, its 10000% WORK

  7. Charvi Deswal says:


  8. Rich Johnson says:

    I can’t find Microsoft Office OneNote on my computer. Is this program part of Word? Or, is Word part of this Program? I don’t use Word.

  9. admin says:

    @Rich Johnson
    One Note is a part of MS Office, and if you dont have it in your system then it simply means you might want to upgrade your MS Office version.

  10. Suzanne says:

    I knew there had to be a way! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!

  11. Madhura says:

    Good One,, Very Easy, Thanks!!!!

  12. Madhura says:

    Good one, Thanks!!!

  13. Abid Hasan says:

    Can u take Steps to write about to Copy Bengali Text from Image .
    Good Luck.

  14. Rajat Gupta says:

    Abid, i am not sure if OneNote will recognize that or not. Since English is the default language, MS recognizes it, however you may try changing the language of MS to Bengali first and see if it works.

  15. Brilliant ! Works every time. Thank you!

  16. swapnil says:

    what to do when text is formatted in jpeg image

  17. Rachelle Anderson says:

    Thank you so much! Just what I was needing. You saved my hours and hours of time!!

  18. najm says:

    Excellent way, Thanks a ton.

  19. Martin says:

    Monsignor !
    You are great ! Thanks !

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