How to Extract Text from Image Easily for Free


In our daily work, many people need to use Word document to record information. However, when we need to extract some information on the picture or paper document, we will find that these words in the image cannot be copied directly; we need to type the texts one by one on the computer, which is very troublesome.

In this situation, we need to copy text from the image. So how can I extract the text from an image? In this article, we will recommend you 2 kinds of tools. One is the OCR tool. This tool is capable of digitizing documents and converting them into text format. , The other is the image to text converter. With these tools, you can convert pictures to text and extract text from images easily.

Section 1 - Image to Text Converters

1. Workbench - Text Extractor Tool

Workbench Text Extractor will allow you to extract text from any image. You may upload an image or document and the tool will pull text from the image. Once extracted, you can copy to your clipboard with one click.

Step 1. Click the "Plus" icon on the page, and then upload the image from your device. You can also upload from the cloud accounts or by pasting the URL.

Workbench Text Extractor Upload Image

Step 2. Edit image. When you upload the file, you can crop, circle, and rotate the image. When you finished, click the "Save" button to start to extract text from the image.

Workbench Text Extractor Edit Image

Step 3. You can copy the text from the "Extracted text" box. Once extracted, you can copy to your clipboard with one click.

Workbench Text Extractor Extracted Text

2. img2txt

img2txt allows you to get a printed text from an image. You do not need to install additional programs on your computer or smartphone. To recognize the text, you need to prepare the appropriate image and upload it, then select the language a text is written in and after that, you will receive the result.

Step 1. Select an image file from your computer to extract the text.


"The largest file cannot exceed 8mb."

img2txt Upload Image

Step 2. Choose the language of the text then select the "UPLOAD" button.

Step 3. After processing the file, you will get the result. Then you will see a "Recognition result" window. You can select the tools you need on the right such as "Copy result", "Translate a text" and so on.

img2txt Editing

Step 4. Click the "Download" button to download the file to an editable document.

img2txt Download

Section 2 - OCR Tools

1. Free Online OCR

Free Online OCR allows you to convert PDF documents to Word files, scanned images to editable text formats, and extract text from the image. This service supports 46 languages including Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

It allows you to convert 15 files per hour (and 15 pages into multipage files). Registration will give your ability to convert multipage documents and other features.

Step 1. Navigate to the OCR tools.

Step 2. Upload the image that you want to convert to text by clicking the "Select file" button.


"The maximum file that can be uploaded cannot exceed 15MB."

Free Online OCR Upload File

Step 3. Select the language and output format. You can make converted documents look exactly like the original - tables, columns, and graphics then copy the text from the document.

Free Online OCR Select Language and Output Format

Step 4. Click the "Convert" button to convert the file..

2. LightPDF - OCR

LightPDF - OCR can OCR PDF files and pictures for free. You can use it to recognize the words in your PDF, PNG, JPG, etc. You can even take a photo from your phone and copy text from the image.

With the OCR function in LightPDF, you can fully enjoy the functionality of this online tool without any advertising. After using the tools provided, all uploaded files will be permanently deleted. Even though you may have 15 days to access your files when you log in, you can delete them at any time.

Step 1. Choose the image from your computer by clicking the "Plus" icon.

LightPDF OCR Upload File

Step 2. Choose the language in the source file and select the output format.

LightPDF OCR Select Language and Output Format

Step 3. Click the "Download" button to download the file. Copy or send a download link to your friend is also supported.

3. Wondershare PDFelement Pro

Wondershare PDFelement Pro is a desktop program that has an OCR function which can help you copy text from the image while retaining the document's original format and layout. This function can read most major languages including English, Korean, Italian, French, Russian, and more.

Step 1. Click the "File" > "Open" to upload the image.

Step 2. Click the "Convert" > "OCR" to convert the image to text.

Wondershare PDFelement Pro Convert OCR

Step 3. Click "Home" >"To Text" button once the OCR has been performed. Then you can copy the text from the converted document.

Wondershare PDFelement Pro Convert To Text


1. Can I use these tools on Mac?

Of course, these tools are all online tools. Whether you are a Windows or Mac user, you can use these tools easily. If you want to know more tools which can extract text from the image, you can read "12 Best Free OCR Software for Windows & Mac".

2. How can I extract text from PDF?

You can use the "PDF to Word" tool in EasePDF to convert the PDF to an editable Word document. Then you can copy the text easily.


We have listed some tools for you to extract text from the image. Whether you are a Mac or Windows user, you can use the above tools to copy the text without typing the word one by one. If you have other tools you want to recommend to us, please contact us.

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