All operating systems come with Copy and Paste ability and the power it holds, is truly amazing. If you have huge text of 5000 or 10000 words, all you have to do is highlight all and press Ctrl+C to copy and now you can paste that text anywhere you like, otherwise you would have to type the whole text again! And that’s just one of its uses out of many.

However, this little trick doesn’t work on Images, you can’t just highlight text on an Image and copy it. There are situations where you need to copy text from a picture, like you have a screenshot of some text that you need to extract. For this purpose, there are specific Optical Character Recognition (OCR) softwares that can extract text from these images.

You can use these OCR softwares to extract text from images. In the past these softwares came with a price and mostly still do, but you can also get a free OCR software now. There is a chance you already have one right now, but you don’t know about it.

The accuracy of these softwares is not 100% correct, however, it is quite good, better than typing the whole text again. The accuracy basically depends on how the text is written in the picture, such as format, size, and other colors and designs, etc.

In this tutorial, we are going to discuss two tools which you can use to extract text from images.

Tip: If you can’t differ between a text and text in an image try double clicking on a word, if it highlights it means it’s a text if not then it’s text in an image.


Method #1: Copy Text from Picture Using Microsoft OneNote

Most of you guys already have Microsoft OneNote, but you didn’t know that it came with OCR capabilities since 2007. You can just upload the image in OneNote and extract text from it. If you don’t have Microsoft OneNote, then you can download it free from Here (you must also have a Microsoft account or create a new one to use it).


To extract text from a Picture using Microsoft OneNote, open Microsoft OneNote and click on “Insert” from the tabs above.

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There you will see the option of “Pictures”, click on it and from the new window, select the image from which you would like to extract Text and click on “Insert”.

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As the image opens, Right click on it and from the side menu and choose “Copy Text From Picture”. The text will be copied and now you can paste it anywhere you like.

As you can see in the screenshot the Accuracy was not Perfect, there are some mistakes but still you can manually make these tiny changes.

Method #2: Copy Text from Picture Using an OCR Website

You can also use a dedicated OCR website that will let you upload the image and will extract the text for you. For this tutorial, we have chosen Online OCR, but there are also many other websites which you can try if you are not comfortable with this one.

In the Privacy Policy they did mention that they will never see the content of the file which the user uploads, however, we will still not recommend using such services for extremely sensitive files.

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Just go to the website and click on “Select File…” to upload the picture.

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Choose the picture and click on “Open”

select language

You can also choose the language of the text which you would like to extract from the drop down menu next to “Select File…” option.


Once selected, just fill the Captcha and hit “Convert”.

After a short delay, you will see all the extracted text in a window below which you can then copy to paste anywhere.

extracted text

If you have more than just one image, then you will have to Sign Up to take advantage of additional features which involves extracting text from more than one image and some other useful features.

If there are any questions or you would like to add another method to extract text from image, let us know in the comments below.

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