Converting Scanned PDF to Word Documents with Abbyy FineReader

Introduction: Turning Scanned PDFs into Editable Word Documents

Handling scanned PDFs with poor image quality can be challenging. Thankfully, Abbyy FineReader offers an effective solution for converting such documents into editable Word files. In this blog post, we will demonstrate how to use Abbyy FineReader’s OCR capabilities to turn a scanned PDF into a Word document, even with blurry text and marked-through sections.

Step 1: Launch Abbyy FineReader and Load the Scanned PDF

Open Abbyy FineReader and choose the OCR Editor. Navigate to the file explorer window and select your scanned PDF file. For this example, we will work with a 72-page document.

Step 2: Complete the OCR Process and Clean Up the File

Once the OCR process is complete, zoom out of the image and text panels. Identify and correct any errors, such as misplaced signatures or incorrect text.

Step 3: Zone Text Fields and Add Image Zones

Create appropriate text and image zones to maintain the document’s visual structure while editing the text in the background. Reorder the fields to ensure proper reading order, then recognize the page once more.

Step 4: Apply Alternate Text to Images

Add alternate text to images, such as signatures, to improve the document’s accessibility. This step actually occurs in word.

Step 5: Validate and Edit Text in Tables

Check the text in tables, making sure it is accurate and correctly recognized. Edit any inconsistencies as needed.

Step 6: Delete Unwanted Text and Validate Low Confidence Characters

Remove any unwanted text by selecting and deleting it in the text panel. Pay special attention to low confidence characters highlighted in blue, ensuring they are correct.

Step 7: Edit and Update Misspellings

Go through the document page by page, correcting any misspellings or errors. This process may take some time, but it is crucial for producing an accurate Word document.

Step 8: Save the Document as a Microsoft Word File

Once you have corrected all errors and validated the text, save the document as a Microsoft Word file.

Step 9: Review the Word Document and Make Final Adjustments

Open the converted Word document and review it for any remaining issues. Make any necessary adjustments before finalizing the document.

Conclusion: Unlocking the Power of Abbyy FineReader for Scanned PDF to Word Conversion

Abbyy FineReader makes it easy to convert scanned PDFs into editable Word documents, even when dealing with poor image quality or challenging text recognition. By following this step-by-step guide, you can streamline your document conversion process and work more efficiently with scanned documents. Stay tuned for more tips and tricks on the Accessibility Guy channel, helping you to optimize your document management and editing tasks.