Text scanning may be done using OCR technology (Optical Character Recognition) using any of our flatbed scanners or the Automatic Document Feeder. This technology will allow you to convert hardcopy pages into text documents you can modify or edit using a lab text application such as Word for Microsoft Office.

What scanners can I use for text scanning?

You can use Small Flatbed scanners located in each lab, Large Format Scanners located in select lab locations, or you can use the ADF (Automatic Document Feeder) available at 6 East 16th St. workstation D1131-11.

How can I scan and edit text?

Use Adobe Acrobat Professional to scan text on both Windows and Mac.

How do I scan text with Acrobat Professional?

  1. Open Adobe Acrobat Pro listed under Multimedia Applications on PC and Mac
  2. Go to File > Create > PDF from Scanner
  3. Choose "type" of document: B&W, Grayscale, Color document, Color image, etc.
  4. Make sure settings are correct:
    • Input: Make sure proper scanner is selected
    • Output: Make sure "New PDF Document" is selected
    • Document: Make sure "Make searchable (Run OCR)" is selected
  5. Click Scan
  6. Save your work to Work in Progress.

Can I scan text with Microsoft Word?

Text scanning is not available in Microsoft Word. Instead, you can use Acrobat Pro scan the document. See above.

How do I scan text on double-sided pages with the Automatic Document Feeder?

D1131-05 or D1131-11, which have an automatic document feeder.

  1. Launch Adobe Acrobat Pro
  2. Go to FILE " Create PDF " From scanner
  3. Choose "type" of document: Black and White
  4. Choose scan "type": Choose "Duplex" for double-sided scanning
  5. Place the paper(s) to be scanned in the scanner
  6. Click Scan
  7. Save your work to Works in Progress

Can I edit the text from my scan if it doesn't look right?

Yes, you can use any word processing program like Microsoft Word after you have saved your scan.