How to turn off automatic OCR when editing a scanned document?
I want turn off automatic OCR when I go to edit a scan. Really slowing my project down having to revert to image on every page when all I need to do is rotate pages on the old documents I'm working on.
With the latest release, we have added a checkbox that will turn off the automatic OCR.
1. Open any scanned pdf.
2. Go to Edit PDF.
3. Wait for OCR to complete.
4. On the right hand pane, uncheck the “Recognize text” option. (Alternatively, if you see a button ‘Revert to Image’, click on it).
This will turn off the auto-OCR feature. Now, Acrobat will not run OCR automatically. Acrobat remembers this setting so that you do not have to uncheck it again.
Let us know if this helps.
For more information about this, visit https://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/edit-scanned-pdfs.html
Monica Wolfe commented
I've unchecked the Recognize Text option but it still runs. I have an older version of Adobe Acrobat X Standard. Any suggestions?
It does not help me. I have done steps 1 to 4. When I uncheck the "Recognize text" option I get a box saying
"All the unsaved changes made in this document will be lost. Would you like to continue? To retain the edits please cancel and save the document."
If I cancel, it rechecks the "Recognize Text" option
If I say OK it flashes and then shuts down Acrobat. When I restart, I am back where I started.
I do remember the good-ol‘-days of Acrobat 9 where it was a professional tool and not an everything-for-everyone application.
Using Adobe Acrobat Pro XI, this is what worked for me:
* Edit > Preferences... > Reading
* Reading Order: "Use reading order in raw print stream".
* Page vs Document: "Only read the currently visible pages".
Feb.. 23 2020 still doesn't work; impossible to simply crop images and musical scores
OCR makes text fuzzy on scanned documents.
There is no setting to turn this off. I use Update to add / delete / change fields and it just automatically will start an OCR Scan which screws up the properties.
The default setting of this feature should NOT be set to run automatically—what a PIA!
After the latest update, this switch reverts back to ON every time I reopen... 30 minutes on the phone with support yesterday yielded NOTHING... the guy was clueless... Anyone else experiencing this or have a resolution / hot fix?
@Anette Duesing If it is greyed out then it means that the text is embedded and is editable as is and there is not text recognition that needs to happen. In essence the text wasn't converted to outlines. You will need a PDF that had the text converted to outlines in order for the text recognition to kick in. Make a file in InDesign. Just plop down a text box and fill it with some filler text. Select the text box with the selection tool, convert that text to outlines (Ctrl+Shift+O) and then export to PDF with the "high quality print" option. Open that PDF and the text recognition will kick in. then you will have the option to turn it off.
Anette Duensing commented
the box is there, but i cannot select it, because it is greyed out...
plus, i really do not want any text OR image recognition...! i would just like to copy a labeled (!!) scientific figure from a pdf to paste into pptx or word. this feature is really rubbish without the ability to turn it off!
Thanks!! Seems to have done the trick. Will keep an eye on it, though. Thanks again!
Thank you!! Worked like a charm!! You are my hero!!
Janis Otto commented
I want it to OCR BUT NOT rotate - this is NO good. Even settings dont work.
it was wonderful help! this setting was so bad for me... thank you very much... my english isnt very good too!!!
Kawhi Lau commented
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Thank you so much!!! This helps a ton! I wish the option was unchecked to begin with so that you don't have to go thru the text recognition first to then shut it off. It should have been something you had to check in order to use it. HOWEVER, I know I'm just being picky.
EVERYONE make this change by using a small one page file. Just scan something then convert it to a PDF. If you use a large multi page file the first time you will have to wait for the entire thing to process before you can uncheck the box.
In my test I hit Edit, let it process, unchecked the box, it converted back to normal. Then I closed out without saving. Tried it again and this time the box remained unchecked from the start. So from now on that box should remain unchecked and everyone should be good to go!
Thanks for listening! I know this will save people a lot of headaches!
AdminBilal Ansari (Admin, Adobe) commented
That is fine. It might take a day or two for the application to show that an update is available. Moreover, the update is silent and your application will automatically be updated in due course without any manual intervention.
However, for triggering the update manually, you can click on Check for Updates... in the Help menu.
The latest version having this change is 18.009.20044 for Consumer and 17.011.30068 for Classic 2017.
Kelly Vaughn commented
I don't have that new option in my version of Acrobat. I have version 17.12.20098.240878. How do I get the release with this new option? It's not showing up in my CC app as an update.
Who decided to make this a mandatory setting? Please give us the ability to shut off Automatic OCR because when it doesn't recognize a font, it simply inserts squares. Why did ya'll not test this feature Adobe?! That's not good!! Until you fix this, we don't need anything else enhanced, just this bug fixed. Thanks.