How can I take out text from image, PDF, or screen?

By Rachel Jones to PDNob Image Translator | 2022-05-18
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Do you have an image of a scanned document you want to convert into editable text? Would you want to know how to take out text from that PDF file you've received or capture text from your screen? You won't have to type out the image/PDF text by hand, instead, you can rely on our OCR software tool to do all that for you and save lots of time.

In this article, we’ll show you how to use our preferred OCR software tool installed on your computer to convert a scanned image or PDF file into editable text and show you how to capture to text from your screen. Let’s get started.

Use PDNob Image Translator to take out text

PDNob Image Translator is a free text recognition software used to extract text from scanned document/PDF files and images and convert them into editable data. It is a simple, yet extremely powerful OCR tool that can recognize any text in one of the following readable formats: PDF, .docx, .doc, and different image file formats such as png, jpeg, raw, txt, etc.

The software supports both macOS 12.0 and newer versions and Windows 7 to 11. In our case, we’ll be using the Windows version of PDNob Image translator.

Let’s start with how to extract text from image.

Note:

The extracted editable text result will vary depending on the clarity and font quality of the text in the image or PDF file used.

How to extract text from image?

  • STEP1:Open the image text file you want to take out text from.
  • open image
  • STEP2:Navigate to your system’s tray area and right-click on the software’s icon. Select the Screenshot & Recognize option to run the screenshot function. Alternatively, you can use the shortcut key, Ctrl + Alt + Z or Ctrl + LMenu + Z to launch the screenshot symbol.
  • STEP3:Hold down the left touchpad/mouse button and drag the mouse to select the text you want to capture from the image file.
  • screenshot image
  • STEP4:Release the mouse to allow the software to perform an OCR scan. A popup box will appear with editable text when the image OCR scanning process is over.
  • take out text from image

How to take out text from PDF?

To take out text from PDF:

  • STEP1:Open any scanned document PDF file from your device.
  • open pdf
  • STEP2:Navigate to your system’s tray area and right-click on the software’s icon. Select the Screenshot & Recognize option to run the screenshot function. Alternatively, you can use the shortcut key, Ctrl + Alt + Z or Ctrl + LMenu + Z to launch the screenshot symbol.
  • STEP3:Hold down the left touchpad/mouse button and drag the mouse over the PDF file to select the text you want to capture.
  • screenshot pdf
  • STEP4:Release the mouse to allow the software to perform an OCR scan and take out text from the PDF. A popup box will appear with editable text when the image OCR scanning process is over.
  • take out text from pdf

The OCR popup box allows you to edit and copy the text. You can paste the text and edit it on, for example, MS Word.

How to capture text from screen?

Follow these simple steps to learn how to capture text from screen:

  • STEP1:Make sure you have the screen you want to capture text from open. Then hit Ctrl + Alt + Z to run the screenshot function.
  • STEP2:Hold down the left touchpad/mouse button and drag the mouse over the text you want to capture to text.
  • screenshot webpage
  • STEP3:Release the mouse to allow the software to perform an OCR scan. A popup box will appear with editable text when the image OCR scanning process is over.
  • take out text from webpage

You can edit the text in the OCR popup box and copy and paste it to other editing tools. No more extra effort is needed.

Conclusion

Using PDNob Image Translator to take out text from any file is not only very easy, but also brings you lots of benefits. First, it saves you lots of time when compared to typing and retyping the text by hand. Second, it allows you to convert the text into a format that can be edited and saved on your computer for later use. If you’re looking for a versatile OCR and translation software tool to convert text from multiple file formats, PDNob Image Translator is the one for the job. It supports different kinds of file types, is reliable, and easy to use.