While Google Drive can do a decent job of converting an image to text using OCR, there are some situations, such as with students, where using a registered account won’t work. That is where OnlineOCR.net does the job quite nicely. All you need is a good screenshot or scanned image of some text (preferably typed). Here is how it works.
- Go to OnlineOCR.net and click on ‘Select File’ and choose a file from your computer.
- Select your language and file type. I have found that ‘Text Plain (txt)’ option works very well for copying and pasting into other text. The ‘Microsoft Word (docx)’ option works best with things that have a lot of fancy formatting, such as tables, that you would like to keep.
- Enter in the code in the ‘Enter Captcha Code’ box.
- Click on the ‘Convert’ button to start the process.
- Once the conversion is complete, you will be shown your text in a box below along with a link to the appropriate file type chosen. Copy the text or download the file.
The site doesn’t appear to have many ads and it works very well without an account. I have used it for adapting texts in my class and for converting scanned files into editable text for file size reduction (scanned images are notoriously large compared to a document). It shouldn’t be used for illegal copyright uses, but can be used in bits and pieces for situations where a text needs altering or for quoting in a paper.