Extend your capabilities with OCR

Once you're ready to go beyond the basics, check out the new Adobe® Acrobat® X Pro video below to learn about ways to convert paper documents and forms into PDF files.

  • Scanning to PDF

    Scanning to PDF

    Learn how to scan paper documents with optical character recognition (OCR) and turn them into a digital file with copy that's editable — and searchable — right in the PDF file.

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Before and After

Before & after

See how much simpler it is to edit and search OCR documents in this side-by-side comparison.

How to scan and convert paper files into PDF

How to scan and convert paper files into PDF

Simply follow these two steps to make all your documents more searchable and easier to edit.

Sample OCR PDF

Sample OCR PDF

Explore a PDF with OCR enabled to see how much easier it is to read — and to find, copy, and paste text.

Before and After
How to scan and convert paper files into PDF