If you need to convert a scanned image or a PDF to editable text, there’s a free tool that can help you out. And it’s right there in your Google Drive. If you have a Gmail address, you’ve got access to it. If you don’t have one yet, it takes just a couple of minutes to create your free Gmail account.

Open your Gmail inbox, click the square of squares at the upper-right, and choose Drive.

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Click the gear icon to the right and choose Settings.

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Tick the box next to Convert uploads.

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Upload the PDF or picture to Google Drive.

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Right-click the file and choose Open with and then Google Docs.

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The document will show the original image.

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But keep scrolling and you’ll find the editable text.

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You can edit, copy, or print this text.

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