How To Copy Text From Images In Windows 11 PC

Technology has improved a lot and has made lives so much easier. Gone are the days when you had to look at the text that was present on an image and manually type it out somewhere else. Now, thanks to OCR, you can easily copy text from images and save it to your device with ease. Google and Apple already have this feature baked into their devices. But when it comes to Windows PCs, what can you do?

Well, there are a good number of ways that you can follow to copy text from images on Windows 11 with ease. We have listed different methods below. You can choose which method works for you.

This is easier on mobile devices, it is, even more, easier on Windows devices. Sure, Windows 11 doesn’t seem to have a feature baked into the operating system right away, but there are different methods for you to get the same work done. So without wasting any more time, let’s get started.

Copy Text From Images Using Google Services

Everyone out there has a Gmail account. Well, with this account you also get access to a good number of Google services. Google Drive is a good cloud storage platform. But, do you know that you can use the service to copy text from images for free? Here are the steps.

  1. Launch your favorite web browser on your Windows 11 PC.
  2. Now, open the Google Drive website and sign in with your Google account.
  3. Once signed in, open File Explorer on your Windows PC. Navigate and search for the image whose text you want to copy.
  4. Simply drag the image from File Explorer to the Google Drive tab on your browser. The image will now be uploaded to your Google Drive.
    How to Copy Text From Images On Windows 11
  5. Right-click on the image and choose Open With from the context menu.
  6. Select Google Docs.
    How to Copy Text From Images On Windows 11
  7. The image’s text will now be displayed in Google Docs on a new tab in your web browser.
    How to Copy Text From Images On Windows 11
  8. You can now either copy the text from Google Docs or simply save the file to your Google Drive storage.

Copy Text From Images Using Microsoft OneNote

A lot of people out there have access to Microsoft Office apps like Word, Excel, OneNote, and a bunch of other apps. Even if you do not have a Microsoft Office, you can make use of the OneNote app that is available for free via the Microsoft Store. You can easily use this app to copy text from images for free. Follow these steps.

  1. If you don’t have the OneNote app, you can easily download it from the Microsoft Store.
  2. Once you have the app downloaded, you will be required to sign in with your Microsoft account.
  3. Now that you have signed in, click on the New Notebook option.
  4. With the new page open, click on the Insert tab on the Menu Bar.
  5. Click on the Pictures option. Now browse and select the image whose text you want to copy.
    How to Copy Text From Images On Windows 11
  6. With the picture imported to OneNote, right-click on the image and choose Copy text From Picture.
    How to Copy Text From Images On Windows 11
  7. Now that the text has been copied to your clipboard, you can open any text documents program like Word, Notepad, or WordPad and paste the text that you have copied from the image.
    How to Copy Text From Images On Windows 11
  8. Save the file. This is how you can use OneNote to copy text from images easily on your Windows 11 PC.

Use Text Extractor Extensions

Whether you use Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge as your web browser on your Windows 11 PC, you can easily use the browser to copy texts from images. Here is how you can do that easily.

How to Copy Text From Images On Windows 11
  1. Launch Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge on your Windows 11 PC.
  2. Now, head over to the Chrome Web Store on your browser.
  3. On the left side, you should see a search bar. Click on it and enter Text from image.
  4. You should now see two Text From Image extensions. Simply choose the one that is best for you. Check the reviews and see what people are saying.
  5. Once you have got the right one for you, click on the blue Get button.
  6. The browser will ask if you want to add the extension. Click on the Add Extension button.
  7. Your web browser now has the Text from Image extension installed. Click on the extension to open the extension’s page. 
  8. Upload the image whose text you want to copy. The text will be copied and pasted on your web browser right away.

Use Microsoft PowerTools To Copy Text From Images

Microsoft has its own set of functional and additional tools that can be used in Windows 11. PowerTools is a great free app that can let you make use of the Text Extractor function with ease. Let’s look at how you can get it.

  1. Launch the Microsoft Store on your Windows 11 PC.
  2. Now, click on the search bar at the top of the app store.
  3. Type in PowerTools. From the search results, select the Microsoft PowerTools app.
  4. Once you install the app, launch it and click on Text Extractor from the left pane of the app.
    How to Copy Text From Images On Windows 11
  5. On the right-hand side, click Open Settings and Enable Text Extractor.
    How to Copy Text From Images On Windows 11
  6. Below that, you can set up your own shortcut keys to enable the function.
  7. Open the Image with Text and Press the shortcut keys. Now select the text using crop tools and the text in that area will be copied that you can paste on Docs, Word, Notepad, etc.

Use An Online Service

The last and final option for you, if you do not want to install any type of program, is to make use of the online Text from Images convertors. There are plenty of such converters available. All you need to do is launch your web browser and search for good Text from the Image convertor. When you find a good one, simply upload the image and you should be able to see all the text copied from the image within just a few seconds. Here are some online text from image extractors.

  • Brandfolder Text Extractor
  • EditPad- Text Extractor
  • ImageToText
  • Online Converter- Image To Text

Google Lens also used to be one of the tools to extract text from Images. But it no longer works. Well, it could be just for me, so right-click on an image opened in your browser, then select Google Lens, if the option is available. Once the image is open through Google Lens you can use the Text option. Now you can copy the text from the image and paste the copied text to the destination.

Closing Thoughts

This concludes the guide on how you can use different ways to copy text from images on your Windows 11 Pc. The best part about all of these tools is that they are simple and very easy to use. All it requires is an image that is readable and has text. The tool will easily make use of OCR tech and display the text from the image for you to copy and use wherever you want.

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