How do I scan a document so I can edit the text in word processing software?
You can scan a document and convert the text into editable text using a process called OCR (Optical Character Recognition).
To scan and use OCR, you can use the Epson Scan 2 OCR Component. You can also use the Document Capture Pro (Windows) or Document Capture (Mac), each of which is also available for your product.
Note: The Epson Scan 2 OCR Component runs in the background when using Epson Scan 2 and Document Capture Pro (Windows) or Document Capture (Mac). You can install the Epson Scan 2 OCR Component by running Epson Software Updater. For Document Capture Pro (Windows) or Document Capture (Mac), the Epson Scan OCR Component Pro engine is installed during the Document Capture Pro (Window) or Document Capture (Mac) installation.
OCR software cannot recognize handwritten characters, and certain types of documents or text may be difficult for OCR software to recognize, such as the following:
- Items that have been copied from other copies
- Text with tightly spaced characters
- Text that is in tables or underlined
- Cursive or italic fonts and font sizes less than 8 points