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How to Extract Text from Screen on Windows 11

Nov 16, 2023

Mastering the skill of copying text from the screen or pictures could improve our work efficiency to a large extent. Most people can extract text from mobiles but do not know how to do it on computers. The article will show you how to realize it by using the Snipping Tool and the PowerToys on Windows 11.

Method 1. Snipping Tool

The Snipping Tool is used for taking screenshots and recording the screen. But now, it also supports extracting text from screenshots.

Step1. Take a screenshot via the Snipping Tool

Select a certain area that includes the content you want to extract, then press Win+ Shift+ S to run the Snipping Tool to take a screenshot of it.

Step 2. Open the screenshot in the Snipping Tool

The Snipping Tool will pop up a window with the screenshot, click it to open directly.

Step 3. Click the Text actions icon to copy the content

Looks like a scanning icon, the Text action feature is located at the top of the Snipping Tool window. Tap on it so that you can select any text and right-click to copy from the screenshot.

Method 2. Microsoft PowerToys

Microsoft PowerToys has a set of utilities including the Text Extractor tool for users to streamline their Windows operations for greater productivity.

Step 1. Download the PowerToys from the Microsoft Store and open it

Open the Microsoft Store to search and install the Microsoft PowerToys.

Step 2. Find the Text Extractor feature

On the left panel of PowerToys Settings window, scroll down to the bottom, you will see the Text Extractor there. Correspondingly, you can see the activation shortcut of it is Win+Shift+T.

Step 3. Press Win+ Shift+ T to extract text

After installing the PowerToys, users can copy the text of the screen directly to the clipboard by pressing Win+ Shift+ T and pasting it to somewhere they want.

There is a difference between these two methods above. For the Snipping Tool, users have to take a screenshot first, and then select and copy the text from it. But PowerToys works on scanning a certain area of the screen and saving the whole text of it to the clipboard automatically.

Both of the tools are practical and easy to master. If you have any ideas about Windows tips, welcome to share them with us.