Scan & Edit Articles

Dear Computer Lady,

I would like to be able to scan an article into the computer and then be able to edit the article. Is it possible, and how do I do it.

Thanks, Steve


Dear Steve,

Yes, it is possible, but probably not as easy as you think. Since I don’t have any experience with what you are asking, I am going to ask for help from our family of Computer Lady readers.

If you have some advice for Steve, please leave it in the comments section below.


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    • racefan
    • October 22, 2010

    Scan the article, save as a word document and you should be able to edit it.

  1. This is what I do to scan and then edit text:

    – open adobe acrobat professional

    – set to “Select Image”

    – highlight one column and copy

    – open paint

    – paste image from adobe

    – save as a .tiff

    – open Microsoft Document Imaging (MS Office then MS tools)

    – open the .tiff you just saved in Document Imaging

    – tools -> recognize text using OCR

    – tools -> send text to word

    – this will open a word document, which will probably need some editing.

    • Dowlen75
    • October 22, 2010

    I have reciently purchased a program called “Readiris PRO 11” It does all of this and more. If I can post a link here I would but do not know is that is allowed.

    • clad
    • October 22, 2010

    ABBYY FineReader will do this. You can save to PDF, Word (doc), RTF and other formats. It works very well, preserving text, fonts, images, etc., in an editable document.

    • dengan
    • October 22, 2010

    When you buy your scanner, you usually get an OCR (optical character recognition) program.
    I bought another OCR called Omnipage from Scansoft but the OCR with your scanner will probably do the job.
    I intended to do the same thing as you, that is, scanning in articles from magazines. Omnipage will scan them in and make a WORD document. I was never very happy with the outcome as the scanner picks up all the information from the page being scanned and it required more corrections than it would be if I were to type up the article. But, you have to try it to see. Don’t waste money upgrading to a better OCR until you’ve tried the OCR the comes with your scanner.

    • Charlie
    • October 22, 2010

    OmniPagePro will accept a scanned document and save it as a Word document – fully editible.

    It isn’t a free program bur its really useful.


    • ailurophile
    • October 22, 2010

    OCR! Optical character-recognition. It’s the software your scanner uses to convert a paper document into a digital one. Your scanner shipped with an OCR, but there are bound to be third-party ones available. I’ve never seen one that will perfectly scan every letter of every document, but plain text (no graphics or fancy typefaces) works best.
    Depending on the quality of your OCR software and the length of the document, it might actually be easier and quicker to just type it in from scratch.

    • mem123
    • October 22, 2010

    Steve, I have a program that I use to do just what you want to do. It is called: ABBYY FineReader 6.0
    Sprint I think it came with my new Lexmark all-in-one printer but I’m not sure. You could try Googleing the name. Hope it helps.

    • rmb
    • October 23, 2010

    The only way I have found to do this semi-reasonably is to import the scan into an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) program and then edit the text from there. I use Free OCR from which will open the scanner, or it will import a file. For best results, scan the article as a grayscale .tif file. Don’t set the scan resolution too high, or it confuses the OCR program and takes a lot longer to scan. All you will get is an unformatted text file, which will then have to be edited for any errors, and formatted to suit you in your favorite word processor and add the graphics back in separately. Depending on what you are trying to do, scanning the file as a .jpg or .pdf and adjusting the prints scale may work easier and accomplish the same thing. Lots of times, if the editable file is needed, it is faster to just retype and format it. There are faster, more accurate OCR programs out there with better formatting options, but they get expensive.

    • rogdedon
    • October 24, 2010

    I have scanned text into .rtf (Rich Text Files)
    and edited them in Writer as
    easily as if they had been created in OpenOffice/ is a free download from


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