Capture an image and convert it to text

Martin Brinkmann
Mar 12, 2007
Updated • Jun 2, 2013
Image, Software

I was not really sure how to name the title of this article. Jocr is a freeware that lets you capture part or all of your Windows screen, process the captured image afterwards using OCR to write all the text that it finds into a plain text document.

The only prerequisite as far as I can tell is - unfortunately - a copy of Microsoft Office 2003 or newer with Microsoft Office Document Imaging installed which you can find under the Office Tools tab of the installation CD. The language that you are using has to be supported by Microsoft Office Document Imaging, about 20 are supported next to English as of now.

Using Jocr is actually a pretty straightforward process. Choose if you want to capture a region, window or desktop and use the mouse to draw the region or to highlight a window that you want to capture. It is not necessary to select something if you choose to capture the whole desktop of course. A preview of the captured image will be shown in Jocr and all that is leftfor you to do is to click on recognize to start the character recognition.

Results are actually pretty good. They are not perfect however and you need to manually edit them for errors but the recognition rate is astounding for a freeware. The main use that I can foresee for this software is to capture text from files that can not be copied and use Jocr so that you end up with text that you can copy or work with.

Update: Please note that Jocr has not been updated since 2006 which is a strong indicator that it has been abandoned by its author. While it may still work on some versions of Windows, it is likely that it may not be compatible with newer versions of the operating system.


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  1. Giramakshay said on March 28, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    I didn’t know that such thing can be done on my computer. Thanks author.

  2. natalia said on January 11, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    this is amazing, i thought i’d never find adequate capturing software. hail to jocr!

  3. netking said on March 15, 2007 at 7:43 am

    The new OneNote (from Office 2007) can do that too…

  4. moi said on March 12, 2007 at 10:07 pm

    ever tested/tried kleptomania ?!

    if not , its high time ;-)

  5. lenny said on March 12, 2007 at 9:23 am

    excellent now some1 please add this to a bruteforcer. lol

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