How to Extract Text from Scanned PDF?


Since more and more paper documents have been scanned and converted to electronic format such as PDF, the need to extract text from scanned PDF file has grown over the years. Companies get many benefits from scanned PDF as they can save storage space and do not run the risk of physical damage, however, these files are like photos of the original documents and cannot be searched with a text string or captured. PDFEase PDF Utilities can solve this problem and extract text from scanned PDF file with just a few clicks of a mouse.

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Step 1. Input PDF

Launch PDFEase PDF Utilities and click "Load PDF" to choose a PDF file you want to extract and click "Open" to input it to the program window.

Input PDF

Step 2. Start OCR

When the file on the preview window, click "Zoom out/Zoom in/Fit Width/Fit Page" to get a better view of the file. The bigger the preview, the more accurate result text you get. Thus, we suggest you zoom in as much as possible. Use "Previous/Next" to preview the pages one by one. Click "OCR" and you'll get the text extracted from the PDF file.

Start OCR

Step 3. Save Text

The extracted text will display in the text window in several seconds. You can find some documents tools on the right top. "Clear Text Window" is to delete all of the text and there is "Remove Line Breaks" button for easier editing. You can also click "Copy all Texts to Clipboard" to copy text in order to place it into the application of your choice. Click "Export Text into Microsoft Word" to output the extracted text in Word, then you can save it as Word document. To save the extracted text as *.txt, click "Save Text".

Save Text

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