Omnipage Ultimate? Free OCR Text Scan Software In Microsoft Office

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MODI (Microsoft Office Document Imaging) was dropped in Office 2007, similiar feature can be found in Microsoft OneNote. I bet once in a while you have this great article from a book or newspaper that you wanted to digitally archive it for personal use but you’re too lazy to type it word by word, and as usual OCR software that scans images and convert them to text are expensive, very expensive considering the fact that you’re going to use it once in a blue moon.

Most computers or shall I say almost every computer comes with Microsoft Office, and the best part is it comes with a free OCR software, I’ve tried a few Free OCR for example Simple OCR but it simpy doesn’t works as good as Omnipage but since I left my original CD back home, somewhere far far away, I have decided to give Microsoft Office Free OCR a try and to my surprise it is somewhat on par with Omnipage, not as accurate but why pay for something that you are not going to use often, and why search for Omnipage crack or keygen when you have a free OCR software sitting in your comp.

Recommended Reading: 10 Free Optical Character Recognition OCR Convert Images With Text Into Text Documents

Free OCR text scan

Omnipage? Free OCR text scan

  • Step 3 – Open an image file, to open Jpeg, go to ‘File’ > ‘Import’. By default, it only accepts MDI and TIFF format.
  • Step 4 – To convert, click on the ‘Recognize Text Using OCR’ button.

Microsoft Office Document Imaging Free OCR text scan

When you are done, you will be able to select the text by double clicking on the text on the image. There you go, a free OCR software that come bundled with Microsoft Office, why pay for Omnipage Ultimate when it is available for free in Microsoft Office? Spread the word!

A Simple Comparison on Existing OCR Features

Retains Layout
Retains Font
Formats into
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Spell Checker
Converts Tables
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Mac OS X

What Is An Optical Character Recognition (OCR)

21 comments on “Omnipage Ultimate? Free OCR Text Scan Software In Microsoft Office

  1. Regli
    Regli September 18, 2007 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your comment. Problem is I have not got MODI under the folder indicated. I can see picture manager but not MODI. (Vista, MS Offices 2007)

  2. GeckoFly
    GeckoFly September 19, 2007 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    i am using office 2003, it could either this feature exist only for the professional edition or you might not have installed the full version.

    • Jimmy
      Jimmy April 12, 2013 at 3:43 am - Reply

      do you have omnipage free download full version? where can i download?

  3. Mem
    Mem October 24, 2007 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the info .. I didn’t realise this was on 2003 pro. Can’t find my omnipro cd so this is coming in handy :)

  4. Geof
    Geof March 21, 2008 at 7:19 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the help . I have checked it out and it works. My own Omnipage is corruprt and I do not wish to purchase very expensive software for the occasional OCR job. hanks again

  5. Tómas Árni Jr.
    Tómas Árni Jr. March 27, 2008 at 6:21 am - Reply

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but I seriously doubt this Imaging software comes free.. I daresay it is a supplement to the Office Bundle, which is not free at all.
    As of yet I have not seen anything free coming from Microsoft and I’m not counting on it.
    Mind you that your computer probably costed like 100-300 bucks more just for Microsoft products (kind of guessing that number). Why settle for that when you could have OpenOffice and a very nice OS for free from the internet..
    Pardon me going a bit off trac on the end there :)
    Nice to know they have included an OCR anyway.

    • ZamZam
      ZamZam April 12, 2013 at 3:43 am - Reply

      OCR & Conversion Solution

  6. Tómas Árni Jr.
    Tómas Árni Jr. March 27, 2008 at 6:22 am - Reply

    wow.. didn’t note the date on the post :p
    well, Microsoft is timeless…

  7. Jeujue Amala
    Jeujue Amala March 29, 2008 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    Microsoft Document Scanning works! I forgot completely about this software that came with Microsoft 2007 Office Ultimate that I purchased until today when I was looking for a free document scanning software on the internet. I had used Textbridge for the past 8 years with many versions of Windows OS and I was not willing to buy another expensive scanning software. It worked some good degree of accuracy.

  8. Sarabjit Singh
    Sarabjit Singh November 11, 2008 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    A word for those who don’t have or use Microsoft Office, and need ocr. Here’s an online service that does the same job

  9. john
    john January 6, 2009 at 6:36 am - Reply

    this invaluable advice. please put a paypal account link on your site so we can donate to you. $1 here and there for your smart smart posting. Why pay for expensice OCR

    • microsoft
      microsoft April 12, 2013 at 3:44 am - Reply

      The OmniPage Cloud Service offers a modest set of APIs
      OmniPage Pro X for Macintosh
      The OmniPage Capture Software Development Kit (SDK)

  10. hector
    hector February 13, 2011 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    great help. thank you very much.

    • torrent
      torrent April 12, 2013 at 3:43 am - Reply

      Download OmniPage Professional free

      • Bradley Mitchell
        Bradley Mitchell April 12, 2013 at 3:44 am - Reply

        Nuance, ScanSoft, OmniPage, PaperPort, True Page, Direct OCR, Logical Form

  11. Maro35
    Maro35 March 29, 2011 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    How to use a scanner of Canon PIXMA MX 300 with OmniPage OCR 11 or 15 easily? I have office 2007 not 2003, I might be able to buy the student version of office 2010 if needed. I have both OCR OmniPage Pro 11 and 15 (2005 issue that I have not used for many years).

  12. Ahmed
    Ahmed September 21, 2011 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    I have activited OCR on my PC and I was tring to import my file which is pdf to copy the text, but its gave massage saying microsoft office document imaging can not import my file.

  13. James
    James July 13, 2012 at 3:22 am - Reply

    I find out that it is not possible to install OCR if using a 64 bit OS.
    According to MS the driver is not installed in Office 2007
    but can be obtained if upgraded to 2010

    • Wales
      Wales April 12, 2013 at 3:44 am - Reply

      OmniPage Professional 18 is the fastest, most precise way to convert paper

  14. VanguardLH
    VanguardLH August 23, 2014 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    MODI (Microsoft Office Document Imaging) was dropped in Office 2007; i.e., it has not been available since Office 2007. This article’s author never bothered to mention WHICH version of MS Office that he has. Must be Office 2007, or older. See:

    and note which MS Office versions are listed. You can snag MODI back by installing a 2007, or earlier, component of Office; see:

    Unlike what torrent says, Omnipage is not free. It costs $149. His name indicates he steals warez or cracked software. This article is not about how to steal software.

    This article claims an update in March 1, 2014, and says OneNote costs $79. Not true anymore. Microsoft started giving it away for free around March 17, 2014. Go to It just converts to text. No formatting is retained. It is very fast.

    • Ngan Tengyuen
      Ngan Tengyuen August 23, 2014 at 2:33 pm - Reply

      Hi vanguard, sorry for the errors. I updated the images, not the content and tables. will correct it. thanks for the info.

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