Microsoft OneNote Review

Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft OneNote is an elementary OCR solution you may take advantage of. After Redmond extended OCR support to Mac and iPad, OneNote is included with the latest Microsoft Office you might already own. OneNote is a useful tool that allows you to organize text files with images like PDFs, screenshots or inserted photos, and it includes a quite basic OCR software function. The OneNote OCR feature will suit your needs only if you sometimes need to scan and extract smaller amounts of text.

The OCR technology used is old, limited to basic fonts (like sans serif fonts, as Arial or Helvetica) and works better with higher resolution images. You won’t be able to collect and process photo and pictures through your smartphone or digital camera.

If you need to OCR a file, you have to choose a photo from a file, select the OCR function under the Insert tab, and then just right-click on the image selecting the “Copy Text from Picture” option. The extracted text will be shown next to the image with a soft return at the end of each line. You can copy the text and paste where you need it. No formatting and converting tables features are available. The software can recognize 52 languages.

The Microsoft OneNote OCR accuracy is about 70 percent, very poor compared to most competitors software.

A knowledge base is available via FAQs. Customer support is available via phone and email. You can download Microsoft OneNote for free.


OneNote is a typical Microsoft product: so if you trust Microsoft, go for it.

Usability: 8.5 /10 Speed: 7 /10 Features: 6 /10 Support: 7 /10 Pricing: 10 /10

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