Nifty Trick with Office Tools and a Scanner

Occasionally you have a paper document you’d like to edit in Word. Fear not, you won’t have to retype the whole thing. Here is what you do:

Run over to your nearest scanner, and scan in the document as a .tiff (It has to be a tiff for the tool we’ll use next)

Send it to your computer

Once the scanned file is on your computer open Microsoft Document Imaging

Next open your tiff file ( File >> Open) and browse to you tiff file

Once your scanned document is open go to the Tools Menu and select Send Text to Word…

It will open a word document with the text of your scanned document. Regrettably it usually doesn’t keep things organized the same way on the page, so you’ll have to do a bit of clean up on the document.

If you have any questions about how things work with this or other programs, please contact the UUA helpdesk.