want to edit and .doc file

July 13, 2013 at 18:39:37
Specs: Windows 7
Hi,
i have a file with .doc ext but i am unable to edit it. Usually i know .doc extention is for Microsoft Word file. But as it has been sent by someone to me it is in a photo form. Please help me. It's important and urgent.

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#1
July 13, 2013 at 19:09:51
If I take a screen capture of a text document and paste it as a picture into a MS Word document, I can save it as a .doc file. It's still a Word document, but instead of editable text, it will contain on uneditable picture.

If it really is a picture, you won't be able to edit the document directly.

You could print it out, then scan it into another Word document using some OCR (Optical Character Reader) software. If the picture is good quality and the OCR software can turn the picture back into text, you should be able to edit the output.

Good luck.

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#2
July 14, 2013 at 04:26:00
OCR software cannot read images, DerbyDad03. OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition (not Optical Character Reader), so by definition it can only recognise printed characters (letters and numbers).

The OP could scan the document not using OCR, but the saved scan would only be editable with image editing software.


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#3
July 14, 2013 at 06:51:35
phil22,

My apologies...I was distracted when I typed "Reader" instead of "Recognition". The US Softball team was down 3 runs to Japan and I was seriously rooting for a comeback. Alas, it was not to be.

However, I stand by my OCR suggestion.

Here are the actions that I just performed to convert an image into editable text:

1 - I used ScreenHunter to capture the portion of my screen that showed your response.
2 - I pasted the capture it into a Word document as an image.
3 - I printed the document on an HP2175 All-In-One Printer/Scanner/Copier.
4 - I used the HP Director Software and the 2175 to scan the document into a .rtf file using the "Scan Document...Editable Text" option.
5 - Once the file was saved, I opened it with Word.
6 - I copied the text from the newly created Word document and pasted it below.

You'll note that there is some illegible strings and that is because I included some graphics in the screen capture, such as your avatar. Since the software was looking for editable text, it tried to convert the graphics also. However, any portion of the image that was recognizable as text was converted to text that can be edited.

See here for HP's description of the process:

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/...

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OCR software cannot read images, DerbyDadO3. OCR stands for optical Character Recognition (not Optical Character Reader), so by definition it can only recognise printed characters (letters and numbers).

The OP could scan the document not using OCR, but the saved scan would only be editable with image editing software.

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#4
July 14, 2013 at 07:02:11
Here is another way, which I have not yet tried, but looks pretty good, only
catch, is you need Word 2007 or newer:

http://www.wikihow.com/Turn-a-Scann...

MIKE

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#5
July 14, 2013 at 08:31:19
Mike,

I'll have to play with this, but so far no luck. I wonder if that feature is specific to Office 2007. I'll have to do some research.

I have 2 systems with MS Office installed. Here's what I have found:

Windows XP - Office Professional Plus 2010

On this system I can follow Control Panel steps all the way up to where you expand Office Tools in order to choose MS Office Document Imaging. Unfortunately, there is no listing for that feature, so I can't select it to add it.

I checked to see if it was already installed, but it's not listed under All Programs - MS Office - Office Tools.


Windows 7 - Office Professional Plus 2013

On this system, I can't even get to the Add or Remove Features steps. When I click Change in the Control Panel, my only options are to perform an Offline Repair or an Online Repair. There is no option to Add or Remove Features.

Once again, the feature is not already installed since it's not listed under All Programs - MS Office - Office Tools.

Both versions were installed via a download of the application using the "Microsoft Home Use Program" available through my employer ($9.95!). Up until trying your suggestion, I've always assumed that the downloaded versions were the full versions since I've never noticed anything else that didn't work. Now I'm not so sure.

I'll have to keep digging since this a feature I would definitely use. 2013 is the version on my primary computer so that is the version I would like to get working.

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#6
July 14, 2013 at 09:11:14
I can confirm that it works.

I have the original media for Office Home and Student 2007
I followed the directions and I used a .TIFF file of a scanned newspaper article,
in single column format, of my uncles obituary and it got about 95 % correct.

Excellent job.

If you don't have the Document Imaging, you have to download it, as it appear, MS in their wisdom, removed it from Office 2010.

See here for more info:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/982760

MIKE

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#7
July 14, 2013 at 10:13:50
Holy cow! The second first answer here seems to work with Office 2013, which is what I use at home.

http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/...

I tested it in two ways and it works great.

1 - I took a screen shot of your response, including the # 6 at the top and the Start a discussion button at the bottom.

I pasted the image into OneNote, right-clicked, choose Copy Text From Picture. The results are pasted at the bottom of this response.

2 - I have a icon on my desktop for a jpg that was created with my scanner. It was a scan of a "diploma" my daughter received in the mail from an on-line course. It contains a fancy border, the logo of the company that provided the course and fonts of various sizes and formats.

I right-clicked the icon itself (I didn't open the file) chose Copy and then chose Paste in OneNote. The diploma pasted in as in image. I right-clicked again and this time I chose Keep Text Only as the Paste option. Right below the image, OneNote pasted in only the text, including the text from the logo. It is at least 99% correct - fraud was replaced with freud and my daughter's last name was missing the last letter.

In all cases, the text is left justified, so obviously some reformatting is needed, but for the OP's situation, this might be an option if it works for whatever version of Office he is running.

Here's what the "image" of your response produced:

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r f mmcconaghy July 14, 2013 at 09:11:14
I can confirm that it works.
I have the original media for Office Home and Student 2007
I followed the directions and I used a .TIFF file of a scanned newspaper article,
in single column format, of my uncles obituary and it got about 95 % correct.
Excellent job.
If you don’t have the Document Imaging, you have to download it, as it appear, MS in
their wisdom, removed it from Office 2010.
See here for more info:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/982760
MIKE
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#8
July 14, 2013 at 12:39:12
This might be of interest:
http://www.wikihow.com/Turn-a-Scann...

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#9
July 14, 2013 at 15:10:53
Derek,

Great minds think alike, see my reply #4 :-)

MIKE

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#10
July 14, 2013 at 16:08:22
mmcconaghy

Yeah, my fault, I didn't check out all the links.

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