Capture screenshots and convert them to text in several languages, with Capture2Text

Capture2Text is a free Optical Character Recognition (OCR) program that will let you get a snapshot of a small portion of the screen, recognize it and save it as text to the clipboard. Using speech recognition you can use a microphone and Capture2Text will convert your speech to text.

Capture2Text can recognize text in Afrikaans, Frankish, Maltese, Albanian, French, Norwegian, Ancient Greek, Galician, Polish, Arabic, German, Portuguese, Azerbaijani, Greek, Romanian, Basque, Hebrew, Russian, Belarusian, Hindi, Serbian, Bengali, Hungarian, Slovakian, Bulgarian, Icelandic, Slovenian, Catalan, Indonesian, Spanish, Cherokee, Italian, Swahili, Chinese, Japanese, Swedish, Croatian, Kannada, Tagalog, Czech, Korean, Tamil, Danish, Latvian, Telugu, Dutch, Lithuanian, Thai, English, Turkish, Esperanto, Malay, Ukrainian, Estonian, Malayalam, Vietnamese, Finnish.

By default the program will install Chinese, English, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish, but you can always get more languages.

To start capturing press the OCR capture key (default: Windows Key + Q). Using the mouse to resize the capture box over the area of the screen that you want to OCR. A preview of the captured text will appear in the top-left corner of the screen. Press the capture key again or the left mouse button to complete the capture. The captured screen area will be recognized and the result will be stored in the clipboard.

To cancel an OCR capture, press Esc. To move the capture box, hold down the right mouse button and drag the mouse. To nudge the capture box, use the arrow keys. To toggle the active capture box corner, press the space bar. To change the OCR language, right-click the Capture2Text tray icon, select the OCR Language option and then select the desired language. To quickly switch between 3 languages, use the OCR language quick access keys: Windows Key + 1, Windows Key + 2, and Windows Key + 3.

When the Tesseract versions of Chinese or Japanese is selected, you should specify the text direction (vertical or horizontal) using the text direction key: Windows Key + W. Capture2Text can perform speech recognition for the following languages: Afrikaans, French, Polish, Chinese, German, Portuguese, Czech, Italian, Russian, Dutch, Japanese, Spanish, English, Korean, Turkish