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Excel Scanned Copy

Dear All,

I have excel sheet scanned copies, and we don't have soft copy, in the scanned images we have lots of record. i don't want to do the data entry from first, could you please tell me there is any way can i convert there scanned copies to excel sheet.

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Ram Kumar Chellam
Ram Kumar Chellam
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What format is the scan in?
Do you have adobe standard?
Adobe standard has the option for OCR text recognition which will convert to excel file.
Ram Kumar ChellamAuthor Commented:
ok, if i have the Scan format in PDF, how can i convert it in to excel file, please tell me clearly, i can purchase the adobe.

Waiting for your reply.
Ram Kumar ChellamAuthor Commented:
Please tell me if you have any other software to convert the scanned copy to Excel sheet.
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I am not aware of any software which does a good job of converting from flat scan to excel.
If you wanted to post the file I could look to OCR it if possible. If the scan is not clear enough there are no guarantees that the OCR will be any good.
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Do you have Microsoft (Office) OneNote installed (or available to you to install), Kumar?

That application can perform Optical Character Recognition on existing scanned images & output to ASCII text (either to copy to the Windows clipboard or save to an external file).

You can then import the text into an MS-Excel workbook & re-format as required.

As  The_Barman mentioned, though, no software does a good job of converting printed MS-Excel output back to an original document (as the gridlines/borders confuse the recognition process).


You are most likely to have success converting scanned printouts back into Microsoft Excel if the columns are well-defined and there are no merged cells, line wraps, changes between right and left justification, or headers & footers. The conversion is even challenged if you have several words in a cell, because the spaces might also represent breaks between different cells. The problem is discussed in detail in Heart of Nerd Darkness: Why Updating Dollars for Docs Was So Difficult

Although OCR conversion into a Word document works reasonably well, it fails miserably with Excel those times I tried it in the past.
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