Can you modify or change a document once it has been scanned?
By default, scanners scan a document or page as an image. Although this image can be modified or adjusted through an image editor, if the document contains text, that text cannot be changed or inserted into another document. If you want to scan a text document and adjust or modify its text, you must use a software program with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) capabilities. The following sections contain a short listing of some programs with these capabilities.
OCR online services
OCR software programs
By using one of these programs you can scan a document, convert the document with OCR and save it as a standard text file. You can then edit or search the text file with your favorite text editor.
- See our OCR definition for more about this term.