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How Can I Scan Documents I Can Edit?

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 by | Filed Under: Quick Tips

Amanda from San Antonio

I have looked everywhere and have gotten different answers for: How to type text into a scanned document.  There is almost no way to figure this out.


The key is how the document was scanned. If you scanned it as an image like a jpeg, you basically just took a picture of a document and you can’t edit the text. You could use an image editor program to add some text on top of that image, but you don’t have any text to edit.

If you want to be able to edit the text you need a program  with OCR (optical character recognition) that will scan documents into your computer as editable text such as ReadIris.  The free OneNote App for Windows 8.1 has this function. Documents scanned with software that has OCR can be opened in a program like word and edited.

~ Cynthia

4 Responses to “How Can I Scan Documents I Can Edit?”

  1. Keith Monson says:

    My favorite program is Foxit Reader. I scanned an apartment application, used the “typing tool” to fill it out and then printed it. Easy peezy and it’s free see!

  2. Mark says:

    Dear Cynthia,

    Thank you very much for your info.
    I have Windows 8.1,can you inform how I should proceed after I scanned a page for editing text via OneNote App.
    Can you e-mail how to do this?
    Also,maybe you advice how to delete cookies in Skype for Windows 8.1?
    Once again,thank you for info that you provide on your site.
    Waiting for your response.
    Best regards,


  3. Gary Lee Williams says:

    Missed your usual aid for old eyes:
    I have Readiris & I think its great but complicated. Maybe that’s an OLD problem too.

  4. Larry Cooper says:

    Can you scan it as a .pdf file, and then edit it?

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