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Tutorial - How to Extract Text from PDF?

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There is more than one way to create a PDF document. One of these methods is by using a scanner, or similar machine, that takes an image of a document and then stores this image as an electronic PDF file. A scanner, or photocopier with scanning abilities, does not recreate each character of every word when it creates this scanned image. You need a PDF OCR software to extract the text from image PDF and Advanced OCR Free comes with the solution.

Step 1. Input PDF

Launch Advanced OCR Free and click "OCR" tab. Click "Load PDF" to choose the PDF file you want to convert and click "OK" to input it to the program window.

Input PDF

Step 2. Start OCR

When the file on the preview window, click "Zoom out/Zoom in/Fit Width/Fit Page" to get a better view of the file. The bigger the preview, the more accurate result text you get. Thus, we suggest you zoom in as much as possible. Use "Previous/Next" to preview the pages one by one. Click "OCR" and you'll get the text extracted from the PDF file.

Start OCR

Step 3. Save Text

The extracted text will display in the text window in several seconds. You can find some documents tools on the right top. "Clear Text Window" is to delete all of the text and there is "Remove Line Breaks" button for easier editing. You can also click "Copy all Texts to Clipboard" to copy text in order to place it into the application of your choice. Click "Export Text into Microsoft Word" to output the extracted text in Word, then you can save it as Word document. To save the extracted text as *.txt, click "Save Text".

Save Text

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