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How to Use Google Drive OCR and its Alternative

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2022-01-07 18:23:51 • Filed to: Comparison of PDF Software • Proven solutions

Having trouble in working with scanned PDF files and how to convert scanned PDF files to text-editable files in a timely manner? If you are encountering this problem, you can find two effective solutions here. We will first discuss how to use Google Drive OCR to accomplish the task and then I will introduce you a better solution - Wondershare PDFelement - PDF Editor .

How to Use Google Drive OCR Alternative

PDFelement integrates PDF creation, editing, annotation, conversion into one package. Its OCR feature can easily recognize text in your scanned or image-based PDF documents and make the files into editable text. The OCR feature supports a wide range of languages such as English, Korean, German, Romanian, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and more.

Step 1. Open Scanned PDF

After installation of PDFelement, the first step is to open your scanned PDF document with this program. To do this, you can click the "Open File..." button and your file will be opened directly in PDFelement.

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Step 2. OCR PDF to Text without Conversion

The program will remind you to perform OCR once your scanned PDF has been uploaded. Click the "Perform OCR" button on the top information bar and choose an OCR language as per your needs. After a while, your scanned PDF will be turned into an editable format. You can then click the "Edit" button on the upper left to modify your document.

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Step 3. Convert PDF to Text with OCR

If you prefer to export your scanned PDF to Text format, you can navigate to the "Home" tab, click the "To Others" button and then choose "Convert to Text". Then tick the "Settings" > "Only scanned PDF" option in the pop-up window. Finally, click "Save" to start the OCR conversion process.

To preset the OCR language you need, you can go to "File > Preferences" and select a language under the "OCR" tab.

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With the powerful editing feature, you can edit PDF text, adjust images and remark content with ease. In addition, of the editing feature, you can also convert PDF to various other formats, annotate PDF, create fillable form, encrypt PDF and more.

How to Use Google Drive OCR

Google Drive is a cloud-based file's manager, it can help you store, share, and collaborate on any files and folders from any devices, such as mobile device, tablet, or computer. With Google Drive OCR, you can convert image files to text, and it will detect the language of the document. Let's learn how to use Google Drive OCR to convert scanned file or image to text.

Step 1. Upload Image-based PDF

After login your Google Drive account, you can upload your image or scanned file in it.

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Step 2. Google Docs OCR

Find your uploaded file and choose to open with Google Docs. After it is opened in Google Docs, the Google Drive OCR has been used already. The text in the image file is editable now.

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Step 3. Save File

You can click the "File" > "Download" button to choose a format to save it in your computer.

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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. After using Google Drive OCR, you may find that the text content in your original file has been changed. If you want to keep the original PDF formatting and layout in the output docs, you should try Wondershare PDFelement.

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