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If you already have a scanned image, you can convert it to text using OCR software like 
Tesseract-OCR, which has already been mentioned. It is free and open-source, and is available for 
Linux, MS Windows and Mac. gImageReader ( is a nice GUI 
for Tesseract.
I would expect a scanner to give a better quality image, and thus better OCR, than a phone camera.
- Robert
From: Michael H <>
Sent: October 29, 2023 20:40
To: Mike Flannigan
Cc:; Kenneth Groninga
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Save and Edit Text document

If you have a paper document you want to turn into text, and your scanner
doesn't give you text output as an option... you can download Google Lens
and point your phone at the document and copy each page that way.

But the copied text is in your phone, so you'll have to email it to a
desktop or use another editor like google docs or calibra office to paste
into, then open that with libreoffice.  But saving files as PDF isn't
good.  PDF is a final output, used to make it hard for other people to edit
the file.  That's the whole point of PDF, and why it's used so commonly for
finished work. use ODT format for libreoffice... you'll save yourself a lot
of headache. but when you send it, you do need to output it to another
form, PDF is best, but you can use .doc or .docx .  but MS formats aren't
intended to be the working format for libreoffice, but a way to exchange
information to non-informed users.

On Sun, Oct 29, 2023 at 7:33 PM Mike Flannigan <> wrote:

On 10/29/23 20:12, Kenneth Groninga wrote:
When I scan a document how can I save if as a text rather tban an image?

By using OCR to turn it into text.  Often the
OCR is built-in to the scanning software.


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