Scan printed Excel document

I have a printed Excel workbook with all the cells with squares printed around them - not sure how else to say that.  Is there any program that could scan that information in from the printed sheet and put in an Excel document?  No, I don't have access to original document.
Daren Anderson, MSISPresidentAsked:
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Hi Daren,
Lots of scanning/OCR software can do it, although the results are rarely 100% accurate. A few of the packages that can do it are ABBYY FineReader, Adobe Acrobat, Nuance OmniPage, Nuance PaperPort (uses OmniPage under the covers), Nuance Power PDF Advanced (uses OmniPage under the covers), Tracker PDF-XChange Editor, among others. For example, here's the output file type drop-down from PaperPort 14.5 (with Patch1) showing the direct scanning to an Excel file:

PaperPort scan to Excel
Note that there are two distinct issues here — (1) OCR and (2) Word conversion/creation — although some products, such as those I mentioned above, can do both. But I want to emphasize that the convert/create Word piece is tricky business — maintaining the formatting/layout is tough stuff! I haven't found anything that is perfect (and results vary from one document to the next). I discuss this issue in detail at this recent EE post:

I have all six of the products that I mentioned above (and others that will scan to, and/or convert a PDF to, an Excel spreadsheet). If you can post a sample PDF after scanning to an image-only PDF with any software (being careful, of course, not to include any private/confidential info), I'll run it through a few of the programs to see how it does on your doc when creating the Excel spreadsheet. Regards, Joe

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Daren Anderson, MSISPresidentAuthor Commented:
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
A few conversions are attached. The file name and description show which product did it. ABBYY actually creates an XLSX file, but a bug in the upload process won't allow it to be uploaded, so I did a Save As to XLS. Regards, Joe
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Daren Anderson, MSISPresidentAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your assistance....was looking for the button to award points...
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
You're welcome, Daren. I definitely understand that you could not find the button to close the question and award points. This has been the case for many members recently. Experts Exchange attempted to improve the question-closing process, but it seems that the current process has been more problematic than the previous one. I would like to help you with it, but I can't, as I am largely an "answerer" at EE, not an "asker". All I can do is refer you to the latest support article on it, which is here:
How do I close my question?

Experts Exchange is well aware of the problem and they are working on it with high priority. There are two extensive discussions going on right now about the issue:

You may, or may not, want to take the time to read them and/or weigh in with your own experience (you need to click the "Load All Comments" link at the bottom of the question to see all the comments). Regards, Joe
Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
I just noticed that you accepted the post with the attachments as the only answer (the Best/Accepted Solution). The real answer is in the previous post, which should at least be an Assisted Solution, and more likely the Best Solution. That's why I selected both posts when I did the closing. I'm going to request that this be re-opened so that you can close it again with both posts selected as solutions. Thanks, Joe
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