IJ Scan Utility Lite - Extracting Text from Scanned Images (OCR)

Article ID: ART171170 | Date published: 07/30/2018 | Date last updated: 09/01/2021


Learn how to use the OCR function of IJ Scan Utility Lite to edit text on scanned documents.


Click OCR in the IJ Scan Utility Lite main screen to scan text in scanned magazines and newspapers and display it in a specified application.

 You can also extract text from Document, Custom, or Driver.

  1. Start IJ Scan Utility Lite.

  2. Click Settings..., then set the document type, resolution, etc. in the Settings (OCR) dialog, and then select the application in which you want to display the result.

    After adjusting the settings as desired, click OK.

     For Resolution, only 300 dpi or 400 dpi can be set.

     If a compatible application is not installed, the text in the image is extracted and appears in your text editor.

     You can add the application from the pop-up menu.

  3. Place the document on the platen.

  4. Click OCR.

    figure: IJ Scan Utility Lite

    Scanning starts.

    When scanning is completed, the scanned images are saved according to the settings, and the extracted text appears in the specified application.

     To cancel the scan, click Cancel.

     Text displayed in your text editor is for guidance only. Text in the image of the following types of documents may not be detected correctly.

    • Documents containing multiple languages

    • Documents with colors in the background of text

    • Documents with narrow line spacing

    • Documents containing special fonts, effects, italics, or hand-written text

    • Documents placed upside down or documents with text in the wrong orientation (rotated characters)

    • Slanted documents

    • Documents containing text with font size outside the range of 8 points to 40 points (at 300 dpi)

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