How to convert images into text in a Word file?
Thread poster: Argentine Translator

Argentine Translator
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Jul 23, 2007

I received a PDF file to translate. I´ve got sb to convert it into a Word file. But now I have a collection of images within a Word file, which I cannot modify. Does anybody know how to convert these images into text? I have Windows 98 and Word 2000. Thanks for your assistance and regards. Ines.


Natalie  Identity Verified
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Hi Ines Jul 23, 2007

Please take a look at this article:

Please also make a search of the forums: the problem of converting PDF files ito text has been discussed many many times.


Andres & Leticia Enjuto  Identity Verified
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Images to text Jul 24, 2007

Hello Inés,

I am not an expert, but you can use some software like Microsoft Paint (go to Inicio, Accesorios, Paint) to modify the text within the images. It will take some time to master it though.

Maybe you can outsource the work to somebody else and charge the customer for it.

Good luck,



Anna Sylvia Villegas Carvallo
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English to Spanish Jul 24, 2007

On my reply to that forum, you can see how to do it.

If you need any help, I'll be around!


Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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You don't have to. Jul 24, 2007

You are not helping the graphic designer / typesetter / web-designer by converting the pic into a different format. On the contrary, you might create extra-work by doing so. The designer has to copy the translation into a ready-to-print, high-resolution document anyway. Any efforts in regard to rebuilding pics are simply a waste of time.

You can either place little notes that contain your translation into the PDF (Tools -> Note, click on the appropriate line and start typing) or simply write up a little file:
[Source text] = [translation]

It doesn't make sense to recreate a great looking document that can't be used on the press or online anyway. The words will be extracted, the rest ends up in the trash. If the client would want you to update the pics, they would have sent you native files, never a PDF.


Dung Bui
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Readiris Jul 24, 2007

I think u can use readiris program to convert the image PDF file into the editable file.
More info here:

It's very useful with latin words in image.

Hope it can be helpful for u!


Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Hire a typist Jul 24, 2007

argentranslator wrote:
Does anybody know how to convert these images into text? I have Windows 98 and Word 2000.

I recently had a couple of such images inside MS Word documents, totalling about 10 000 words, that I needed within the week. My OCR is good, but the text quality wasn't good enough for OCR. So I hired a typist. She typed the text for me within two days.

The next question would be a rate question. I paid her about 10% of my per-word translation rate, with a "word" of typing being defined as 5 keystrokes.

Some typists from whom I got quotes quoted as high as 40% of my translation rate, though. Shop around. Typists type 90-110 words per minute (450-550 keystrokes per minute). I only had to ask a question on my local editors' forum, and within hours I had several offers and references.

A better OCR program would have cost me 6 times as much as I had paid her, so it's all a matter of deciding whether a better OCR program is a worthwhile investment (if you have the cash flow).


VIBOL KEO  Identity Verified
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OCR or irislink ... Really Good Idea! Jul 30, 2007

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you can convert pdf or image to text or word file Nov 3, 2011

freewaregenius [dot] com/?p=10095

[Edited at 2011-11-03 12:57 GMT]


Jeremy Rhoads
United States
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Spanish to English
Use an online tool Apr 4

Hi! I often use the tool on for converting images into PDF files but as I know, it has an option to convert images to text as well. For me, it saved a lot of time on such things. I guess you'll find features which would help you in your work.


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