Another history report needs to be completed by tomorrow and you haven’t even written a point yet. Given the situation, let me suggest that you speed up your work by transferring entire passages of books and research into the document you are preparing in Word. How do you say? Is it impossible to edit paper documents copied with the scanner as ordinary text? Of course you have fallen behind quite a bit. Today, thanks to special software, online services and apps, converting JPEG to Word (but also other image formats) is not a pipe dream at all.
The solutions in question do not require particular technical knowledge in terms of computer science and are not complicated to use. Just select the images that contain the text you intend to use as a Word file, start the procedure for optical character recognition and wait a few moments for the process to be completed. In short, it takes much longer to explain it than to do it.
So, tell me, would you like to try? Yup? Very good. So let’s not get lost in chat further and immediately start getting busy. Make yourself comfortable and concentrate on reading the information you find below. I am sure that, in the end, you will be able to tell yourself very happy and satisfied with what you have learned and that in case of need you will also be ready to provide any explanations to all your friends eager to receive some advice about it. Let it bet?
- Preliminary information
- How to convert JPEG files to Word for free
- FreeOCR (Windows)
- Prizmo (macOS)
- How to convert JPEG to Word online
- Free Online OCR
- Other solutions to convert JPEG to Word online
- How to convert JPEG to Word from smartphones and tablets
- Photo to Word Converter (Android)
- Live text (iOS / iPadOS)
Before getting to the heart of the tutorial, going to explain what operations must be carried out to convert JPEG to Word and tell you which tools to use, there is some preliminary information that it is my duty to provide you to ensure that you have perfectly clear ideas on the matter.
Let’s start from a fixed point: files in JPEG or JPG format are nothing but images. This format is commonly used to store and transmit digital graphics and photographic images on the Internet because its compression algorithm greatly reduces the size of files belonging to the aforementioned category.
Word files, on the other hand, are those that are identified with the DOC and DOCX formats . These are text documents generated mainly by the Microsoft Word program , which is the word processing software included in the Microsoft Office suite. However, considering the spread of Word documents, nowadays there are many programs that support the viewing and editing of this type of file, which remains extremely widespread despite the appearance of its successor.
Having said that, if we have an image with “written” it may be useful to convert it into a textual document, not only for better consultation, but also to be able to make any changes. To do this and, therefore, to perform what is the object of this tutorial, it is however essential to contact programs, online services and ad hoc apps that explicitly declare support for OCR ( Optical Character Recognition ) technology, which allows you to perform optical character recognition to detect text.
How to convert JPEG files to Word for free
At this point, I would say that we can finally get to the heart of the guide and first of all find out how to convert JPEG files to Word for free : below you will find what I believe to be the best software useful for the purpose, both for Windows and for macOS . Put them to the test now and you won’t regret it!
The first of the programs to convert JPEG to Word that I want to suggest you to consider is FreeOCR . It is only available for Windows , it is intuitive enough and allows you to convert images that are fed to it or those obtained with the scanner into Word documents in no time at all.
To download the program on your computer, connected to its website , click on the Download item at the top, then on the Download Here button on the new page displayed.
When the download is complete, open the .exe file obtained and, in the window you see appear on the desktop, click on the Yes button . Then, press the Next button , check the box next to I accept the agreement and click the Next button again (twice in a row). Finally, click on the Install and Finish buttons .
Now that the main FreeOCR window is displayed on the screen, click on the (x) button to delete the sample text on the right and select the language in which the text visible in the JPEG file is written by choosing the correct one from the OCR Language drop-down menu which is located at the top.
Subsequently, if on your computer there is already the JPEG file that you want to transform into a Word file, click on the Open button at the top left and select the image on which to act, while if you need to acquire the image through the scanner click the Scan button to start scanning the document.
After completing the above steps, press the OCR button always located at the top of the software window and decide whether to intervene only on the current page or on all of them through the appropriate menu that opens. Before doing this, you can also transform only portions of images into Word documents, by selecting with the mouse the part of the scanned document to be transformed into text.
In conclusion, export the text obtained from the image in Word by clicking on the button with the Microsoft Word icon (the one with the blue “W” in a square of the same color ) on the right and save your document normally, by doing click on the Save As item from the File menu .
If you are using a Mac , you can rely on Prizmo to convert JPEG to Word . It is a specific software for Apple computers that allows you to digitize images and documents, translate them into editable texts and export them in PDF or RTF format. It does not offer direct export to DOC and DOCX formats, but to cope with it, just copy and paste the resulting text into a word processor and that’s it.
It is paid (costs 54.99 euros), but is available in a trial version that does not set deadlines but has limitations, such as the application of a watermark in scanned documents. In addition, it is available in Setapp : a service that in exchange for $ 9.99 / month after 1 month of free trial allows you to access a wide range of paid macOS applications without having to purchase individual licenses. Read more here .
To download the trial version of the program on your Mac, go to its website and click on the Download button at the top. When the download is complete, extract the ZIP archive obtained in any position and drag the program icon to the MacOS Applications folder . Then right-click on the icon in question and select the Open item twice in a row, in order to start the application by going around the limitations imposed by Apple on applications from non-certified developers (operation that must be carried out only at first start).
Then, press the OK button and, in the software window that appears, select the item New document . Now, if you still have to digitize the image of your interest, click on the Import from scanner or camera option in the additional window that opens, select your scanner or choose to use the Mac camera and wait for the file preview.
Next, make sure that the selection rectangle is drawn correctly (otherwise you do it yourself), adjust all the scanning options (resolution, unsharp mask, etc.) that are on the right and press the Scan and Done buttons .
If, on the other hand, the image of your interest is already saved on the Mac, choose the Open image file option or the Browse image library option in the main Prizmo screen and import it.
In all cases, after completing the document capture process, make any adjustments to it using the tools available on the screen. Then, click on the OCR button , select the language of your interest from the visible menu after clicking on the adjacent button and copy the text portions from the right side of the window.
After copying the text, to create your Word file, start the writing program that you usually use on your Mac (if you don’t use any yet, you can choose from those that I pointed out to you in my review on writing programs ), paste the text obtained from the image via Prizmo and select the option to save the final file in DOC or DOCX.
How to convert JPEG to Word online
You do not want or can not download and install new programs on your computer and, therefore, would you like to understand if there is a way to convert JPEG to Word online , acting directly from the browser window through special Web services? The answer is yes. To find out more, read on.
Free Online OCR
An excellent online service that you can decide to rely on to convert JPEG to Word from your browser is Free Online OCR . It is a totally free online solution, very easy to use and perfectly compatible with any browser and operating system, thanks to which it is possible to transform images in JPG format, but also BMP, TIFF, GIF and PDF files into text documents, including Word ones. The only thing that should be taken into account is the fact that the service allows you to upload a single file at a time and that this must not have a weight greater than 15 MB.
To use Free Online OCR, connect to the home page of the service and click on the Select file button to select your JPEG file. Next, click on the first button under the heading 2 STEP – Select language and output format and specify the language in which the text in the image is written, then choose the Microsoft Word (docx) option from the drop-down menu adjacent to select the output format.
After completing the above steps, click the Convert button and wait for the preview of the text present in the JPG image that is to be converted to Word to be visible. If it seems to you that everything is ok and that the text contains no errors, go ahead and download the converted JPEG file to your computer by clicking on Download Output File .
Other solutions to convert JPEG to Word online
Are you looking for other solutions by which you can convert JPEG to Word from the browser window? I’ll settle you instantly! Below, in fact, you will find further solutions of this type which, in my humble opinion, deserve to be considered.
- Free-online-ocr.com– is another online service through which it is possible to upload files in PDF, GIF, BMP, JPEG, TIFF or PNG format which can then be converted into Word documents and other text formats. It’s very intuitive, has a nice user interface, and it’s free.
- 12OCR– another free online service for optical character recognition that is able to intervene on images in JPEG format and which boasts support for over 100 languages. The output file can be saved not only as a Word file, but also as an RTF or PDF document.
- Convertio– is another excellent service that allows you to extract the text present in PDF files and in all the most popular graphic file formats, including JPEG images. The final result can then be saved as a Word file, but that’s not all. It is free, but it does not allow you to upload files with a weight greater than 100 MB. To get around this limit and to unlock other extra features, you need to subscribe to a paid subscription (with prices starting at $ 4.99 / month).
How to convert JPEG to Word from smartphones and tablets
You don’t have a computer at hand and, therefore, would you like me to suggest you how to convert JPEG to Word from smartphones and tablets ? No sooner said than done! Below you will find reported how to proceed using the appropriate apps for Android and iOS / iPadOS. I am sure that, in the end, you will be more than satisfied with the results obtained.
Photo to Word Converter (Android)
If you’re using a smartphone or tablet Android , you can convert JPEG to Word using the app Photo to Word Converter . As you can guess from the name itself, it does only one thing and does it very well: locate the text present in the photos in JPEG, BMP, TIFF, GIF format and save it as a Word file and in other formats. It is very easy to use, has a very intuitive interface and is free.
To download and install the app on your device, access the relevant section of the Play Store and press the Install button (if Google services are missing on your device, you can download the app from alternative stores ). Then, start the app by selecting its icon added to the home screen and / or drawer.
Now that you see the main screen of Photo to Word Converter, grant the app the required permissions, then press the Select Image button and select the JPEG file you want to act on. Then use the selection rectangle to define the area of the photo that contains the text you want to save and press the Crop Image button .
Then, select from the drop-down menus under the heading Choose your document language the language in which the text in the image is written and from the one below the voice Choose the output format the DOC or DOCX format , then press the Next button and define settings related to text layout, color, etc.
To conclude, press the Next button again , then tap the Convert button , wait for the conversion procedure to be completed and decide the location in which to save the output file or the app through which to share it.