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Image to Text - Convert Photos to PDF or Word

by Hung Nguyen

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Tips and tricks for you to convert JPG, GIF, BMP, PNG, and TIFF files to PDF or Word. Multiple formats, one platform.

Have you scanned your favorite book or taken a photo of something that should be in text for me? Use Smallpdf to convert these images into text formats, in either Word or PDF. Our tools are free to use!

Image to Text Converter - PDF Format


PDFs are great if you need to store, share or simply read and review content. To convert images to text in PDF format, follow the following instructions:

  1. Access the Smallpdf Image to Text Converter

  2. Upload your image. Smallpdf accepts a large variety of image files, including JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, and TIFF.

  3. We will then convert your image to text in a heartbeat. Remember to download your file.

  4. Pro Tip: Do you have many images that need to all be converted to text files? Grab yourself a Smallpdf Pro account, where we offer unlimited uploads and processing - all in one go.

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Easy image to text conversion

Image to Text Converter - Word Format


To convert your image to text, specifically .docx, you can also carry from the previous set of instructions.

Once you have converted your image to text in an uneditable format (PDF), click 'to Word' to convert the image to Word.

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Uninterrupted workflow

Why Should I Convert Images to Text Files?


Both PDF and Word formats are universal file types. Word is excellent when you need to modify the existing content of your image files. PDF, on the other hand, is portable and compatible with nearly every single OS, device and browsers.

Text files, specifically PDFs are also secure and easy to use, as they can be easily encrypted with a password, which makes file sharing much safer. On top of that, we have the most popular PDF compressor if you ever need to shrink your image files after you convert them to text messages. Depending on the quality of images, they can be quite bulky!

Furthermore, PDF readers are free to download and use everywhere, whereas Microsoft is not. We have our own PDF reader, which you can take advantage of via our Smallpdf Reader download page.

To Top It Up


You should convert picture to text as it streamlines your work processes regarding content. With free online tools available on Smallpdf, you can compress, edit, or convert your text files into other formats. After the picture to text conversion, you can also edit it in its original form by converting PDF to Word, once again.

Regardless of the file type that you are dealing with, be it image or text, we have all the tools to keep you productive by simplifying your workflows when it comes to digital documents. Check out our full suite of tools via our homepage, or go to our helpdesk if you have questions regarding the process of converting photo to text.

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Hung Nguyen
Hung Nguyen
Senior Growth Marketing Manager @Smallpdf