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Most of the PDF in our daily routine are the scanned PDF of the important work-related letters, transcripts or the official results card from an institute. However, there is no official software available in the Windows or Mac OS X to edit these PDF files. Even most of the third party PDF editors will not be able to edit these PDF files. What to do if you have the need to edit or copy text from scanned PDF? Don't worry. I will tell you how to convert scanned PDF to editable text with two awesome scanned PDF converters.

Method 1How to Convert a Scanned PDF Using Wondershare PDFelement

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Wondershare PDFelement is a cross platform PDF editor which lets you create, edit, annotate and convert PDF files. Its OCR feature will automatically detect scanned PDF and help you turn it into an editable file. The OCR plugin has high recognition rate and supports multiple languages.

PDFelement can convert PDF files to Word document, PowerPoint presentation, Excel sheet, to an image or a webpage in the HTML format etc. You can also create PDF from a variety of file formats. In addition, PDFelement is also a PDF form filler and creator. It gives you the possibility of filling out both interactive and non-interactive forms and creating new forms with options like buttons, lists and text fields and more.

Step 1. Open a Scanned PDF

First of all, get PDFelement on your computer and follow the on screen instructions to install it on your computer. Run the software for the first time and on the Home window, you will have to click on the "Open File" button to select the scanned PDF file you want to convert.

Step 2. Change Scanned PDF into Editable File

After the file has been imported, you will see an information bar appearing on the top. Now you can need to click the "Perform OCR" button.

The next step involves selecting a language for OCR. Then click on the "OK" button to start the OCR process. Now, if you want to edit the text in the scanned PDF or image file, click on the "Edit" button under the "Edit" tab and start editing process.

Method 2How to Convert Scanned PDF Files Using PDF Converter Pro

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If you are looking for a professional PDF converter, you should use Wondershare PDF Converter Pro. Using this tool, you can easily convert any PDF file into different format and the best part is that it includes the OCR feature. So, just like the PDFelement, you will be able to copy or edit the text in your scanned PDF files.


One of the distinguished features in this program is the batch conversion which will let you convert many PDF files at a time. In addition, you can also protect your PDF files with password and permissions or create a new PDF from a variety of file formats.

Step 1. Import Scanned PDF to the Program

Open Wondershare PDF Converter Pro on your computer and switch to the "Convert PDF" tab on the top. Then drag the scanned PDF files you want to convert onto the program's interface.

Step 2. Make Scanned PDF Editable

Once you have selected the file, it will automatically show the dialogue box for the OCR process. Choose an OCR language and then click on "Enable OCR" button. Next, select the output format for your PDF file and location of the output folder. Finally click on "Convert" to start the conversion process. After that, you will now be able to edit the text in your PDF file.

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Posted by to OCR PDF | Follow @elisewilliams7
Published: Jul 13,2015 11:06 am / Updated: Apr 11,2017 15:15 pm

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