Microsoft now includes image-to-text support to Windows 11

Harris Marley
Harris Marley

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Microsoft now includes text recognition to the latest build of its Windows 11 Snipping Tool in order to allow users copy text from screenshots, Bleeping Computer reports.

The features is called Text Actions, and it now available to Windows Insiders in the Canary and Dev channels with Snipping Tool version 11.2308.33.0.

The principal product manager lead for Windows Inbox Apps Dave Grochocki, said they are introducing Text Actions, which detects text in users’ captured screenshots, making it easy to copy text from any image to share with others or paste in another app.

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“To get started, click the Text Actions button in the toolbar to show selectable text before selecting and copying text with your mouse.” – Grochocki said.

The Snipping Tool also gives an option to “Copy all text” on the toolbar, and users can also use keyboard shortcuts like Ctrl + A and Ctrl + C to get the job done. It also includes editing capabilities to remove sensitive or unwanted information by selecting “Quick Redact” in the toolbar. This automatically hides emails and phone numbers.

There is also the “Redact Text” option, allowing users select the information they wish to hide.

Grochocki also mentioned that Windows Insiders will be prompted to use the Snipping Tool app to edit any snapshots captured using their Android device.

This will only work on a connected computer to the Android device via Windows Phone Link.

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“We are also beginning to gradually roll out a new feature for Phone Link that introduces the ability to effortlessly access and edit your most recent photos from your Android mobile device in Snipping Tool on your PC,”- Grochocki added.

Microsoft now includes image-to-text support to Windows 11

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