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OCR built into Windows?

By rbidels ·
I heard a claim that OCR is built into the Windows Operating System, albiet hidden. I've never heard or read anything about that in any Windows flavor. Does anyone know anything about that?

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Which version of Windows?

by Toivo Talikka In reply to OCR built into Windows?

Are you perhaps refering to the Tablet PC?

A search reveals that it is possible to buy a product which can does character recognition from a screen capture: http://www.screenocr.com.

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Any version

by rbidels In reply to Which version of Windows?

Thanks Toivo. Actually the statement was generic in terms of Windows version. I am only aware of 3rd party OCR solutions, but someone told me that "Windows" had OCR built in. I think they're wrong, but it would be cool to find out that I'm wrong and Windows actually has this "secret" feature built in.

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SimpleOCR

by Toivo Talikka In reply to OCR built into Windows?

There is SimpleOCR which is freeware, available from http://www.softpedia.com/get/Office-tools/Text-editors/SimpleOCR.shtml

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Its actually built into Office

by IT cowgirl In reply to OCR built into Windows?

Microsoft Office uses Document Imaging Format (MDI) for OCR. Here is a link for it:
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/CH010001181033.aspx

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Thanks!

by rbidels In reply to Its actually built into O ...

Now that makes sense. What took me so long to find out??

Thanks dianakbrown. Much appreciated.

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