[ How To ] Free OCR Handwriting Recognition Software With Google OCR

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

Why pay for Omnipage when Google Doc offers a free OCR service? Google Optical Character Recognition (OCR) lets you convert images with text ( Including hand written text ) into text documents using automated computer algorithms. Images can be processed individually (.jpg, .png, and .gif files) or in multi-page PDF documents (.pdf). I’ve created a very simple tutorial on how to convert your handwriting or documents into editable texts.

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google drive ocr How to Convert Images of Text Into Editable Google Docs

  • Step 1 – Visit Google Drive, click on the ‘My Drive’ button and select ‘Upload files…’

How to Convert Images of Text Into Editable Google Docs

  • Step 2 – Select the documents, when highlighted it will change to a blue bar.
  • Step 3 – Click on the button with 3 dots, go to ‘Open with’, select ‘Google Docs’
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How to Convert Images of Text Into Editable Google Docs

  • step 4 – It takes a few seconds to a minute to convert the image to text. The editable text can be found at the end of the page or image.

File size limitations

The maximum size for images (.jpg, .gif, .png) and PDF files (.pdf) is 2 MB. For PDF files, we only look at the first 10 pages when searching for text to extract. Since this is an online app by Google, it works on both Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac.


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    I tried this with a PDF with handwritten English and other came out looking like Arabic language.

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    Very poor recognition. The Google Docs OCR AI needs more training for handwriting recognition.

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    I tried scanning 2 pages handwritten jpg image. OCR converted to text was very good.

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