Microsoft Working on OCR Tool for PowerToys

Microsoft’s PowerToys is expanding with new capabilities, and most recently, the company has started the work on another tool to allow users to extract text from images.

The new OCR tool that will be part of PowerToys is currently in its early days, with the community explaining that in early July, the tool still required plenty of work.

As Neowin observed, the new OCR, which is documented on GitHub here, works in a pretty simple way. Users just need to select the text they want to extract from an image and then let PowerToys do its magic.

At first glance, it looks to work pretty well, but of course, it remains to be seen how it’ll handle other fonts or documents where the text isn’t necessarily as visible as in the demo – for instance, OCR apps are often struggling with scanned documents.

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