How Do I Install OCR Software on My Computer?

Irene Olsen

If you need to convert scanned documents or images into editable text, OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software is what you need. This software recognizes the text in the image and converts it into a format that can be edited. In this article, we will go through the steps of installing OCR software on your computer.

Step 1: Choose an OCR Software

The first step is to choose an OCR software that suits your needs. There are many free and paid options available online. Some popular choices include Adobe Acrobat, ABBYY FineReader, and Tesseract OCR.

Step 2: Download the Software

Once you have chosen the software you want to use, you need to download it from its official website. Most OCR software providers offer a trial version for users to try before making a purchase.

For Example:

  • If you choose Adobe Acrobat, go to their website and click on “Download” or “Try Now.”
  • If you choose Tesseract OCR, go to their GitHub repository and download the latest version.

Step 3: Install the Software

After downloading the software, open the executable file and follow the installation wizard. Make sure to read all prompts carefully before clicking “Next” or “Install.”


Some OCR software may require additional components such as language packs or third-party libraries. These components may be included in the installation package or need to be downloaded separately.

Step 4: Configure Settings (Optional)

Depending on your needs, you may want to configure some settings in your OCR software. For example, you may want to select a specific language for recognition or adjust image quality settings.


The configuration process varies depending on the OCR software you are using. Consult the software’s documentation or online resources for more information.

Step 5: Start Using the Software

After installation and configuration (if necessary), you can start using your OCR software. Simply open the program, select the image or document you want to convert, and follow the prompts to initiate recognition.


Some OCR software may have a plugin that integrates with other programs such as Microsoft Word or Adobe Photoshop. Check if your software has such a plugin to make the process even easier.


Installing OCR software is a simple process that can greatly enhance your productivity and save you time. By following these steps, you can install and start using your chosen OCR software in no time!