OneNote: extract words from pictures!

Office 365 / SharePoint Blog

One wonderfully handy tool in OneNote is the ability to extract words from a picture.
Take this image for example, a random motivational quote I found on Google.

One Note: Picture of a quote that says "Your mind is a powerful thing. When you fill it with positive thoughts, your life will start to change.

Quote: YOUR MIND IS A POWERFUL THING. WHEN YOU FILL IT. POSITIVE! THOUGHTS, YOUR LIFE WILL START TO CHANGE.

To pull the words from this image, right-click on the image and choose Copy Text from Picture from the drop down. Then click somewhere in your file, and paste.

OneNote: Copy Text from Picture

Here is what it gave me:
YOUR MIND
IS A POWERFUL
THING. WHEN
YOU FILLIT.
POSITIVE!
TÅOÜGHTS,
YOUR LIFE WILL
START
TO CHANGE.

So, while the result is not perfect, it can save you lots of time in typing the content.
Images with a solid background work better for this feature.

Try this feature and let me know how it works for you by entering a comment. Where do you find the best success? In what cases does it fail? What’s the funniest result you’ve seen?

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