How To Use Onenote To Extract Text From An Image

Have you ever needed to extract text from an image, but found yourself struggling to accurately transcribe it? OneNote has a solution for you! Follow these simple steps to use OneNote to extract text from an image.

Step 1: Insert the Image into OneNote

To begin the process, insert the image containing the text you want to extract into OneNote. You can do this by dragging and dropping the image file into OneNote or by using the “Insert” tab to add an image from your computer or the web.

Step 2: Right Click on the Image and Select “Copy Text from Picture”

Once the image is inserted into OneNote, right click on the image and select “Copy Text from Picture” from the dropdown menu. This will prompt OneNote to start the OCR (Optical Character Recognition) process, which will recognize the text within the image.

Step 3: Paste the Extracted Text into Your Document

After OneNote has finished extracting the text, simply paste it into your document of choice. The extracted text will be in a plain text format, so you can easily format it to match the rest of your document.

Step 4: Check for Accuracy

It’s important to note that while OneNote’s OCR technology is advanced, it’s not perfect. Be sure to double-check the extracted text for accuracy and make any necessary corrections.

Step 5: Save and Share Your Document

Once you’ve extracted the text and made any necessary corrections, save and share your document as needed. You can also use OneNote’s integration with other Microsoft Office applications to easily transfer the extracted text to other documents, such as Word or PowerPoint.


What file types can I insert into OneNote?

OneNote supports a wide range of file types, including JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, PDF, and more.

Can I extract text from handwritten notes?

While OneNote’s OCR technology is designed to recognize printed text, it can also recognize some forms of handwriting. However, the accuracy of the text extraction may vary.

Can I extract text from multiple images at once?

Unfortunately, OneNote can only extract text from one image at a time. You will need to repeat the process for each image containing text that you want to extract.


OneNote’s ability to extract text from images can save you time and effort when transcribing text. By following these simple steps, you can easily extract text from images and use it in your documents with ease. Give it a try and see how OneNote can help streamline your workflow!

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