3 ways to convert an image (jpeg, etc.) to a text file (Word, etc.)

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3 ways to convert an image (jpeg, etc.) to a text file (Word, etc.)
3 ways to convert an image (jpeg, etc.) to a text file (Word, etc.)
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You can create an editable Word document from a JPEG image on your Windows computer or Mac. While there is no way to directly convert an image into a Word document that you can edit, you can use a free optical character recognition (OCR) service to scan the JPEG to Word, or you can convert the file. JPEG to PDF then use Word to convert PDF to editable Word document. Note that for best results, your JPEG file should be a high quality text-based image.

Steps

Method 1 of 3: Use OnlineOCR

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Step 1. Log in to OnlineOCR

Open this page in your web browser. OnlineOCR allows you to convert various types of files (including JPEG files) into a Word document.

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Step 2. Click File

It's the blue button on the left of the page. Click on it to open a File Explorer (on Windows) or Finder (on Mac) window where you can select your JPEG file.

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Step 3. Select your JPEG file

Open the folder that contains your JPEG then click on it once to select it.

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Step 4. Choose Open

This option is located at the bottom right of the window and allows you to upload the JPEG file to the OnlineOCR website.

  • On a Mac, click To choose.
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Step 5. Click on a language

If you want to use a language other than the one listed in the text field in the middle, click on it and then choose the language of your choice.

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Step 6. Make sure you convert it to a Word document

If the third text field does not say Microsoft Word (docx), click on it and then select Microsoft Word (docx) from the drop-down menu.

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Step 7. Choose CONVERT

This option is on the far right of the page and converts the JPEG file into a Word document.

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Step 8. Click Download Output File

You will see this link appear under the File button. Click on it to download your converted Word document to your computer.

Depending on your browser settings, you may need to select a save location or confirm the download before you can download the file

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Step 9. Open your new Word document

Double-click the converted Word document to open it.

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Step 10. Select Activate Changes

This option is in the yellow bar at the top of the Word document. Click on it to make your document editable.

  • This step is mandatory, because since you downloaded the Word document from an online source, Word will consider it to be potentially dangerous.
  • Remember to save all your changes by pressing Ctrl + S (on Windows) or Command + S (on Mac).

Method 2 of 3: Use PDF on Windows

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Step 1. Open the JPEG file you want to convert

Double-click the JPEG file to open it in the Photos app.

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Step 2. Click on the print icon

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It's the printer icon in the upper right corner of the window. Click on it to open the print window.

Don't worry if you don't have a printer connected to your computer, you won't be able to print anything

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Step 3. Pull down the Printer menu

You will find it at the top of the print window. Click on it to open a drop-down menu.

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Step 4. Select Microsoft Printer Output as PDF

This option is in the drop-down menu.

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Step 5. Choose Print

The Print option is at the bottom of the window and opens a pop-up window.

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Step 6. Enter a name

In the Name text box, type the name you want to give your converted document.

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Step 7. Select a save location

Click on a folder name (for example Office) on the left of the window.

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Step 8. Click Save

This button is at the bottom of the window and allows you to save a PDF version of your JPEG file in the selected folder.

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Step 9. Go to the location of the PDF

Your PDF will be in the folder you selected earlier.

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Step 10. Right click on the PDF

You will see a drop-down menu appear.

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Step 11. Select Open With

The Open with option is in the drop-down menu and displays a context menu.

If you don't see the Open With option in the drop-down menu, click anywhere on the screen to close the drop-down menu, then click the PDF again to select it and right-click again

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Step 12. Click Word

This option is in the context menu and opens Microsoft Word.

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Step 13. Choose OK at the command prompt

Word will try to convert the PDF file to a Word document.

It will take a few minutes

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Step 14. Review your Word document

The process of converting a PDF file to a Word document is not without its flaws. You may therefore need to correct text or remove images that are not positioned correctly.

If your document is not fully editable or if much of the text has errors, you can try using online OCR software instead

Method 3 of 3: Use PDF on Mac

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Step 1. Select your JPEG file

Open the folder that contains the JPEG file you want to convert and then select it by clicking on it once.

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Step 2. Click File

This is a menu item at the top of the screen. Click on it to bring up a drop-down menu.

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Step 3. Choose Open With

This option is found in the File drop-down menu and opens a context menu.

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Step 4. Select Preview

Preview is in the context menu and opens the JPEG file in Preview.

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Step 5. Click File again

This will reopen the drop-down menu.

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Step 6. Choose Export as PDF

This option is in the drop-down menu. Click on it to bring up a new window.

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Step 7. Choose a save location

Expand the Where box then click on the folder name where you want to save your converted PDF.

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Step 8. Click Save

The Save option is at the bottom of the window.

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Step 9. Select your new PDF

Go to the folder that contains the PDF version of your JPEG file, then click it once to select it.

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Step 10. Go to File then select Open with.

This will open the Open With context menu.

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Step 11. Click Microsoft Word

This option should be in the context menu and will open Microsoft Word.

  • If you don't see the Word option, you can open the Word application and then click File, To open and finally select the PDF in the Finder window that appears.
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Step 12. Choose OK at the command prompt

Word will try to convert the PDF to a Word document.

The process will take a few minutes

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Step 13. Review your Word document

The PDF to Word conversion isn't perfect, which means you'll need to rearrange text or remove images that aren't positioned correctly.

If your document cannot be edited in places or if a large amount of text is incorrect, you can try using online OCR software instead

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