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

Updated: January 9, 2022 / Home » Freeware and Software Reviews » Document Imaging Software OCR

Why pay for Omnipage Ultimate when an OCR text scan software comes bundled with Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010? A friend of mine discovered that his Microsoft Office installation does not come with an OCR Document and Imaging.

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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 to your existing office.

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
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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

microsoft office enterprise 2007 document imaging

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

microsoft office enterprise 2007 document imaging


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

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

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    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 [ Reply ]

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

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    Matt McLaurine [ Reply ]

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

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

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

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    Joel Zowa [ Reply ]

    Thanks a million. I was completely lost

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

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    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 [ Reply ]

    Thanks so much! This was a huge timesaver!

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    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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      Dave B [ Reply ]

      You have to have Microsoft Office Enterprise!

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    Lorenzo [ Reply ]

    just really tanks
    from Italy

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    Manoj Agarwal [ Reply ]

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

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    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 [ Reply ]

      Thank for the info, link updated!

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

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    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 [ 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 [ Reply ]

    Thanks a ton my friend……:-)

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    Ananda Mangala [ Reply ]

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

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    latino [ 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 [ Reply ]

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

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    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 [ 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 [ Reply ]

    Thanks my friend ! you save my lot of time.

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    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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      There is no links!
      I would be interested in this software.

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    davinder [ 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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    Shaswat [ Reply ]

    Thank u so much.
    I really unknown with this amazing feature..

    I want to give u party my friend.

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    In following the above steps to access the OCR feature in MS Office. I do not get the same screen after
    ◾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….at this point all I get is: 1) quick repair or 2) online repair…..Help!!!!

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      Deadra [ Reply ]

      I have MS 2013 and get the same things!
      Please help!!

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      Dave B [ Reply ]

      You have to have Microsoft Office Enterprise!

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    I followed the steps given in this tutorial but the last configuration complete message is appearing as
    Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007 has not completed successfully.

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    Angela [ Reply ]

    When I clicked on MS Office 365 under “change”, I don’t get an option to add or remove features. Only quick repair or online repair. Any suggestions?

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      Depending on which version of Microsoft Office you are using. The basic version doesn’t come with OCR.

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    Ron Triggs [ Reply ]

    This solution doesn’t work on Office 365. It only allows you to repair the installation, not add features.

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    Kieran Shirey [ Reply ]

    As Ron Triggs said, this process doesn’t work for Office 365. The article says OCR is available in Office 365 so perhaps you can do some specific instructions for the latest version.

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    SamiJoe [ Reply ]

    Thanks a lot, I have office 365, it is working. You only to download Microsoft Office Share Point Designer any version and apply the procedure here.

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    Marie F. [ Reply ]

    Thank you very much for this helpful hint for installation of OCR…….

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    G.O.Tuhls [ Reply ]

    This is dated 2020 but describes MSO Version 2007. In MSO 365 there is no option “Add or remove features” anymore. So this article isn’t helpful.

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