PNG refers to Portable Network Graphics, is a lossless image format. It is web-friendly and high quality, when we take screenshots of some files, the screenshot will be saved in a PNG format by default. And I bet most of us may have the need to convert a PNG file to text in Word, to copy or reuse the texts in it.
Therefore, we are here to offer multiple workarounds to convert PNG into editable Word, or to other formats. Also, we have tested dozens of online PNG to Word converters and picked the one that worth a try.
To convert PNG to editable Word document, we need the help of OCR technology. OCR means the electronic conversion of turning image-based text to encoded text that can be understood by your computer or other devices. It is lucky that we have multiples OCR tools to convert PNG to editable Word without format loss.
The greatest advantage of using a program lies in productivity boost, while online solutions generally takes longer time and more efforts to perform the same conversion. So, a great part of users pick offline solutions, which combine various conversion features in only one package, and cost least time or efforts to get an expected conversion. Here we pick the best for you.
Cisdem PDF Converter OCR, released in 2013, has long been deemed as a powerful PDF converter for Windows and Mac to save any PDFs as 15+ formats. But it now evolves to be an image converter to perform conversion between different image files, also an accurate OCR program to make PDFs and images in editable formats, such as editable Word, Excel, Text, PowerPoint, Keynotes, Pages, RTF, HTML, ePub.
Even, to meet users’ needs on file conversion, PDF Converter OCR has built in a PDF Creator allowing users to convert virtually any documents into PDF, like converting Excel, Word, PowerPoint or images to PDF, still, you can merge these PDF outputs into one high-quality PDF.
Also, you can refer to following YouTube tutorial video:
We have tested nearly all online free PNG to Word converters recommended online, we finally pick online2pdf and Google Docs. Both of them are, in some ways, free all-in PDF program with OCR capability, to edit, convert and manage PDF files or images online. With these two program, you can convert PDF and image into Word, Excel, Text, PowerPoint, OpenOffice, RTF or other formats.
tips: If you get used to converting files with ilovepdf services, it is pitiful that ilovepdf doesn't support converting PNG or any other image format to editable Word with OCR directly and free. However, if you are a premium user, you can use its JPG to PDF tool to convert a PNG image to a PDF, and then turn the exported PDF to a editable Word document applying OCR.
It is an online free PDF tool with rich features, allowing users to edit, convert, merge, unlock, protect PDFs without installing any software. When importing files, you are able to select particular pages, reorder pages, rotate pages and split pages and more. For PDF files that are protected for printing, copying, and editing, this tool will automatically remove the password. While for read-protected PDF, the correct password is required.
In addition to PDF files, this PDF tool also supports batch conversion of images to various editable documents, like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Text, EPUB with OCR. And it can recognize 32 languages. However, note that this conversion only allows a maximum of 30 pages, and depending on the quality of the image, it can also lead to recognition inaccuracies.
If you have a Google account, you can use its Google Drive service to convert a PNG to editable Word, Text or other formats. Google Drive is the platform Google offers to manage files online, while Google Docs is an essential part of it, which will display any type of file (including PDF, image, Excel, PPT and more) as Word format with its built-in OCR feature. Additionally, you can download the edited Word document as PDF, Word, ODT, Text, RTF, HTML, EPUB.
But something annoying is that, Google Docs cannot maintain the original file quality, you will have to spend some time on manually adjustments.
Adobe is always the killer if you are desk-bound, assuming you have thrown a lot of money on Adobe Acrobat, you don’t need to resort to other solutions on PNG to Word or PNG to Excel conversion.
Admittedly, Adobe doesn't allow importing PNG or other image files directly, but you can create a PDF from image first, then convert PDF to Word or Excel.
Here is how we convert PNG to Word or Excel in Adobe:
Microsoft Word is a powerful word processor. Though it is not really a professional converter, it is capable of converting PNG to editable text. However, compared to dedicated image-to-word converter, Microsoft Word does not directly open the image file, you can copy or insert the image into a document, and then save it as a PDF file. When you open the PDF file in Word again, the program will ask you whether to convert the PDF to word format. Just confirm yes, and you're done converting PNG to editable text.
Here Is the Step-by-Step Tutorial to Convert PNG to Word in Microsoft Word
Disadvantages of this Method:
This method does not always work, sometimes MS Word may not recognize the image, so the text in PNG images can not be edited. In addition, when PDF is converted to word, it may not look exactly the it looked as a PDF.
Definitely, there are more apps as robust as Adobe but with high cost, also there are more free services as convenient as online2pdf but with limited features. This is just the reason why I prefer a professional converter that is acceptable in terms of price and performance. It is lucky to have such tools as PDF Converter OCR, which is capable of killing all the problems in file conversion.
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