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    Microsoft Lens Alternatives for Windows

    Microsoft Lens is not available for Windows but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Windows with similar functionality. The best Windows alternative is GImageReader, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Microsoft Lens and 15 are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Microsoft Lens are ABBYY Screenshot Reader, Crow Translate, Capture2text and PaperScan.

    Microsoft Lens is mainly a Document Scanner but alternatives to it may also be Screenshot Capture Tools or Translators. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Microsoft Lens.
    This page was last updated Apr 5, 2022
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    Microsoft Lens trims, enhances, and makes pictures of whiteboards and docs readable. You can use Office Lens to convert...
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      gImageReader is a simple Gtk/Qt front-end to the Tesseract OCR Engine.
      This alternative is disputed. GImageReader is still a legitimate alternative to Microsoft Lens, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    1. Screenshot Reader is a smart OCR-screenshot application for capturing text and images from any area on your PC screen and extracting text from them or just saving as an image. Prize: 9.99 USD.


    2. Crow Translate is a simple and lightweight translator programmed in C++ / Qt that allows to translate and speak text using Google, Yandex and Bing translate API.
    3. Capture2Text enables users to quickly OCR a portion of the screen using a keyboard shortcut.
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      PaperScan Scanner Software is a powerful TWAIN and WIA scanning application with an OCR engine centered on one idea: making document acquisition an unparalleled easy task for anyone.


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      Program to recognize text on screen.
    4. OCR powered screen-capture tool to capture information instead of images.
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      SimpleOCR is the popular freeware OCR software with hundreds of thousands of users worldwide. SimpleOCR is also a royalty-free OCR SDK for developers to use in their custom applications.
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      You can use Easy Screen OCR to capture a snapshot and start OCR process. this program will detect the text from the image and start OCR process immediately. You can extract the text to copy and paste in seconds.
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      SikuliX automates anything you see on the screen of your desktop computer running Windows, Mac or some Linux/Unix. It uses image recognition powered by OpenCV to identify GUI components.
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