Where is the OCR (Document And Imaging) in Microsoft Office?

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Why pay for Omnipage Ultimate when an OCR text scan software comes bundled with Microsoft Office 2007, 2010, 2013 and 365? A friend of mine discovered that his Microsoft Office installation does not come with an OCR Document and Imaging. This is not true, the problem is due to the default installation with Microsoft Office, the OCR Document and Imaging feature is installed on the default installation. Here is a simple tutorial on how to add this feature on your existing office.

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Where is the OCR in Microsoft Office 2007

  • Step 1 – Go to the ‘Add or Uninstall Program’ in Microsoft Windows, select ‘Microsoft Office’ from the list.
  • Step 2 – Click on the ‘Change’ button

OCR in Microsoft Office 2007

  • Step 3 – Check the ‘Add or Remove Features’ button
  • Step 4 – Click on ‘Continue’

OCR in Microsoft Office 2007

  • Step 5 – In the following dialog box, select ‘Office Tool’ > ‘Microsoft Office Document Imaging’ > ‘ Scanning, OCR and Indexing Service Filter’ and under the drop down list choose ‘run from computer’.
  • Step 6 – Proceed with the installation by clicking the ‘Continue’ button


  • Wait for the installation and when the installation is successful, you will see the following message.


30 comments on “Where is the OCR (Document And Imaging) in Microsoft Office?

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    Rory Tate June 17, 2009 at 6:30 am [ Reply ]

    I can’t thank you enough for the tip on opening the OCR feature in the otherwise piece of #$%$ application by Microsoft. I just cannot believe these losers. They are the equivalent of General Motors. Let’s hope they go the same way.

    Sorry for the rant.


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    H4RRY July 31, 2009 at 9:28 am [ Reply ]

    Wow, I almost install a third party software for this OCR feature.. Luckily I found this page. Many Thanks!

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    Rain August 20, 2009 at 2:14 am [ Reply ]

    Well, thanks! I hope this works – I’d have never known that I already hab an OCR on my pc…

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    Julie September 27, 2009 at 3:39 am [ Reply ]

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I have given up with the HP Photo Essentials software (installation problems, driver problems, uninstall problems… the list goes on) and totally forgot this software was ‘hidden’ in MS Office. Just spent an entire week stressing over OCR and thanks to your posting, I can get back to real life again ;-)

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    Peter Boyd October 4, 2009 at 6:30 pm [ Reply ]

    Great help – clear instructions from someone who knows what they are doing.

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    Matt McLaurine October 15, 2009 at 11:09 pm [ Reply ]

    Thanks for the help. This will save me quite a bit of re-typing!

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    tom December 7, 2009 at 11:49 pm [ Reply ]

    Please inform how to use Chinese with Office XP OCR. Your assistance gratefully appreciated.

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    Olly January 20, 2010 at 12:41 am [ Reply ]

    Thanks for this. OCR is so useful and couldn’t believe that 2003 Office had it but 2007 Office didn’t.

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    Stan January 21, 2010 at 3:03 pm [ Reply ]

    Though I’ve already had a OCR program, this is good educating stuff. Thanks.

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    Joel Zowa February 10, 2010 at 2:35 pm [ Reply ]

    Thanks a million. I was completely lost

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    habik February 11, 2010 at 8:53 pm [ Reply ]

    Man you made my day..good trick will share it with everyone .

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    siao March 6, 2010 at 10:38 am [ Reply ]

    im using a japanese computer with windows 7 starter as OS. i tried to follow your instructions as i use the OCR program a lot. but im stuck in the microsoft office>office tools. there is no selection for “Scanning, OCR and Indexing Service Filter”. your help will be much appreciated. please email me anytime.

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    Katherine March 9, 2010 at 3:57 am [ Reply ]

    Thanks so much! This was a huge timesaver!

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    Bill May 19, 2010 at 4:19 am [ Reply ]

    I followed the instructions with no difficulty to enable 2007 OCR but can’t find the program. I am using Windows 7 and have also downloaded Epson scan. How do I get the scan to find the Office 2007 OCR?
    The reference you provide: … “how to use Microsoft Office 2007 OCR text scan” … following the instructions sends me to a site that asks me for a user name and password.
    I want to send scanned documents to Word as i did in the past with ABBYY FineReader no longer available from Epson after a move to a new Windows 7 laptop.
    Thanks – Bill

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    Lorenzo June 18, 2010 at 3:39 pm [ Reply ]

    just really tanks
    from Italy

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    Manoj Agarwal July 7, 2010 at 6:28 pm [ Reply ]

    Thanks ! I was just wondering why it was not there in Office-2007

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    si August 19, 2010 at 1:05 pm [ Reply ]

    your link at bottom of post

    Visit this post on how to use Microsoft Office 2007 OCR text scan.

    is broken

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      GeckoFly August 19, 2010 at 4:27 pm [ Reply ]

      Thank for the info, link updated!

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    Akash October 23, 2010 at 3:59 am [ Reply ]

    Thx You Bro …. it was B#%#S*#) that wasted my 1hr on that office looking for it …. Thanks once agian

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    DocM October 28, 2010 at 6:23 am [ Reply ]

    This doesn’t seem to work for my 2007 Office and Student Version… I don’t have the same drop down boxes as your tutorial indicates….

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    sanjiv January 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm [ Reply ]

    Just as H4RRY I downloaded a third party S/w But before installing i found this doc. …… THANKYOU VERRRRRRRYYY MUCH

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    Roshansingh March 25, 2011 at 5:42 pm [ Reply ]

    Thanks a ton my friend……:-)

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    Ananda Mangala April 7, 2011 at 2:00 am [ Reply ]

    Many thanks. It is great. Under good instruction it is working. Thank you again for your support.

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    latino April 8, 2011 at 11:04 pm [ Reply ]

    would someone explaint to me how can get arabic text from image using microsof document imaging, cos in windows office 2007 french version i can’t. how can add arrabic langage in this software.
    thanks a lot.

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    daniel June 7, 2011 at 10:39 pm [ Reply ]

    Many thanks for gecko. This info was kewl. thx bro :)

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    David June 25, 2011 at 12:38 am [ Reply ]

    Hi – I followed the instructions for Office 2010 – laset bit slightly differeent but clicked the apropriate one and re-booted but for the life of me I cannot find any icon on the ribbon to let me use my scanner directly.

    Sorry for my ignorance but am now well over 70 and things get a little complicated

    Any help appreciated – Thanks

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    Qamar Zaman September 25, 2011 at 4:01 pm [ Reply ]

    Dear Sir/Madam!
    I am highly grateful to you for giving such important information and way to how configure document imaging in MS Office 2007. Its really works great. I once again thanks to you and your team for launching precious and helpful information on your esteemed website.

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    Yogesh Duvedi November 26, 2011 at 2:51 pm [ Reply ]

    Thanks my friend ! you save my lot of time.

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    moto November 28, 2012 at 6:15 pm [ Reply ]

    Nice one thanks for that. While looking for this OCR in word came across this…. works like a dream and its free. Better than OCR in word. Don’t need to scan anything in, just open the text image web page whatever,. then it converts it to editable text. COOL!. Even better can import the text into word just one click, and there it is in word.. another great thing about this software is just click on (remove line space) then export to word, Hey- presto, it all fits, just like the original.. there’s more, I simply wouldn’t bother with the OCR in word or anywhere else after discovering this software. here’s the link )IT’S FREE) Past into browser)

    Kind regards

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    davinder December 9, 2012 at 4:59 pm [ Reply ]

    plz let me know how to edit scanned text file.
    i don’t know anything about ocr.
    i have to edit text of a scanned text file.
    plz help me if anybody can help me.


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