Google continues to blur the line between physical and digital. What used to only live on ink and paper can be edited right in your Drive. The OCR (Optical Character Recognition) feature in Google Drive can convert an image of a physical page of text into an editable Google Doc.

You can use this feature to make changes to recipes you find in cookbooks, but it can also be used for legal documents or school assignments. The possibilities are endless. Today, we took this feature to the test when we used Google Drive to transcribe an image of a typed thesis paper and thenĀ a (poorly) handwritten note. See for yourself what you can accomplish with this next-level scanning technology.

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10 Comments on "How to Convert Images of Text Into Editable Google Docs"

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Mary Beth
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Mary Beth

This was very useful to learn! Thanks!

Heidi Wheatley
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Heidi Wheatley

I don’t have a DRIVE option when I click on Open drop down menu. I have in the past, but it is no longer there.
What do I need to do to restore that option so I can convert jpegs to editable text?

Jim
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Jim

No luck, I get “Sorry, the file you have requested does not exist.”

Bruce Harris
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This feature is not working with your own pdf. I tried with your quick hits. Does it have to be black and white text?

Janet Williams
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Under the three dots, I do not have “open with”. Mine starts with, “Move to”. I uploaded an acrobat reader PDF to try. All went well until I didn’t see “open with”. Thanks for you help.
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Janet Williams
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After I upload a PDF document and go to the three dots I do not have the “open with” option. The list starts with “move to”. What do I do to fix that?
Thanks for the help

Chelsea
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Chelsea

This was very helpful! However, it is translating my document into a foreign language! Even when I go to file-language-english, nothing changes. Any tips on how to get it to OCR into English?

Dylan Press
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Dylan Press

Make sure your language settings in Google Docs is set to English.

Dylan Press
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Dylan Press

Make sure your language settings in Google Docs is set to English.

Chelsea
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Chelsea

This was very helpful! However, it is translating my document into a foreign language! Even when I go to file-language-english, nothing changes. Any tips on how to get it to OCR into English?

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