Microsoft is updating its Windows 11 apps with AI capabilities, including Optical Character Recognition in Camera and Snipping Tool. This feature will allow users to extract and copy text from images or screenshots easily.
Windows Camera app will soon enable users to scan text directly through the camera lens, making it especially useful for tablet users. Additionally, users can redact sensitive information before sharing edited photos.
The Snipping Tool has already introduced its “Text Actions” feature. It uses Windows 11’s AI to detect text in captured screenshots, allowing users to select and copy text directly from images.
Windows Camera can soon copy texts from an image and paste them into apps like Word with formatting retained. Windows Camera’s OCR capabilities are powered by Microsoft’s AI technology, which is likely to be influenced by its partnership with OpenAI.
OCR has been available on Windows in many places. For example, you could copy text from an image using Bing.com or PowerToys’ OCR feature. The optical character recognition (OCR) feature and in-house AI tech are coming to the Camera app, and it’s already available in the Snipping Tool.
OCR integration in Camera could make the Windows 11 inbox app Photos more useful on desktops. If you have a tablet, you can directly scan for texts through the camera lens and copy the texts to the clipboard. The feature seems ready to roll out to testers in the coming weeks.
Windows 11’s AI integration in the Camera app is similar to Google Lens or OCR in Google’s Pixel Camera app.
A source told Windows Latest the OCR feature in Windows Camera is pretty much flawless, thanks to AI magic. For example, you could take a picture of an open book and copy the texts, including texts with weird formatting or complex characters like æ flawlessly.
OCR comes to Snipping Tool on Windows 11
OCR feature is expected to ship in the Camera app in the coming weeks, but if you can’t wait to try AI magic on Windows, you can use the updated Snipping Tool.
Microsoft has already added “Text Actions”, aka AI-powered OCR, to the Snipping Tool.
Text Actions uses Windows 11’s AI technology to detect text in your captured screenshots, so you can easily select the text from any image and paste it or copy it to the clipboard.
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