How to extract text from a PDF or image in Google Drive

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COMPUTER

Prepare the file

These tips will give you the best results:

  • Format: You can convert .JPEG, .PNG, .GIF, or PDF (multipage documents) files.
  • File size: The file should be 2 MB or less.
  • Resolution: Text should be at least 10 pixels high.
  • Orientation:Documents must be right-side up. If your image is facing the wrong way, rotate it before uploading it to Google Drive.
  • Languages:Google Drive will detect the language of the document.
  • Font and character set: For best results, use common fonts such as Arial or Times New Roman.
  • Image quality:Sharp images with even lighting and clear contrasts work best.

Convert an image file

  1. On your computer, go to google.com.
  2. Right-click on the desired file.
  3. Click Open with Google Docs.
  4. The image file will be converted to a Google Doc, but some formatting might not transfer:
    • Bold, italics, font size, font type, and line breaks are most likely to be retained.
    • Lists, tables, columns, footnotes, and endnotes are likely not be detected. 

Android

To convert PDF and photo files to text, go to drive.google.com on your computer.

IPHONE & IPAD

To convert PDF and photo files to text, go to drive.google.com on your computer.

 

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