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Google Docs OCR to Convert Scanned PDF to Text

This article tells you how to perform Google Docs OCR to convert scanned PDF files to Google Doc format.

Elise Williams
Published: Jul 10,2015 13:55 pm / Updated: Aug 03,2015 10:54 am

Part 1:Convert Scanned PDF to Text with Google Docs OCR 

Convert scanned PDF to text with Google Docs. After you login in with your Google accounts in Google Docs, click UPLOAD to upload the scanned PDF file that you're going to convert to text. Take Care! This is where Google Docs performs OCR. When uploading the scanned PDF, you can see a uploading window and there is a setting button as well. Click Setting to reveal the drop-down list. From here, check the option "Convert text from PDF and image files to Google documents".

This is how to use Google Docs OCR feature to convert scanned PDF to text. It's very easy, but Google Docs cannot retain the PDF file formatting and layout. If you want to keep the original PDF formatting and layout in the output docs, you should try Wondershare PDF Editor.

Part 2:Convert Scanned PDF to Text with Wondershare PDF Editor

Step 1: Upgrade Wondershare PDF Editor to enable the OCR feature

Click the download link to download Wondershare PDF Editor. After the download, click the .exe file to install it on your windows PC. To convert scanned PDF to Text, you need to click the OCR button to upgrade the PDF editor to the OCR featured version.

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If you're a Mac user and also need to convert scanned PDF to text in Mac OS X Mountain Lion, download the Mac app, Wondershare PDF Editor Pro for Mac. After download, install it on your Mac and learn how to perform OCR to scanned PDF >>

Step 2: Perform OCR to scanned PDF file

After you successfully upgraded PDF Editor and  enabled the OCR feature, click the OPEN button to open the scanned PDF you’re going to convert to text on Wondershare PDF Editor. The moment you open a scanned PDF, a prompt will pop up, asking you to select the OCR Recognition Language for the scanned PDF file and perform OCR. Choose the right language and click the Perform OCR button. 

perform OCR to scanned PDF

Step 3: Convert scanned PDF to text

Now click the Convert menu to reveal all the converting options. From here, you can choose Word, PPT, Excel, RTF, etc. as the output format. Instead of selecting TXT as the output format, I suggest you choose Word as the output format. Wondershare will preserve the original PDF text, format, layout in the output Word document.

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Google Documents VS. Wondershare PDF Editor

  Google Documents Wondershare PDF Editor
Convert scanned PDF to text/Microsoft Word/ Text with OCR feature
Convert scanned PDF to Excel/ PPT/ EPUB/  
Preserve the original PDF layout, graphics, images, etc. in the ouput Word/Excel/PPT files  
Add text, images, and graphics to scanned PDF files  
Delete, extract, and insert PDF pages to scanned PDF files  
Merge and split PDF files  
  Convert scanned PDF to text with Google Docs Convert scanned PDF to text with Wondershare PDF Editor

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