Scan & OCR

Convert scans or images of documents into searchable, editable PDF files, and adjust the quality of the resulting file.


To OCR multiple PDF files, try using the Action Wizard.

  1. Select Scan & OCR from the Tools center or right-hand pane.

    Scan Step 1

  2. Select a file.

    This file could be a photo of a document, or an already scanned file created using a scanner or the Adobe Scan mobile app. Or, you can scan a document to create a new file using a connected scanner.

    Scan Step 2

  3. Choose Scanned Document or Camera Image to enhance the document.

  4. Select Enhance to clean up the image.

    Scan Step 3

    Acrobat automatically recognizes text from scanned documents.

  5. Select Recognize Text to manually recognize text on image files.

    Scan Step 4

The file is now a searchable, editable PDF file.


This video is part of the course Work smarter with Acrobat DC and Microsoft 365 that is available for free on Experience League!

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