Re: NVDA OCR with adobe image file

Sean Randall

Hi Cearbhall

First, are you sure the first  page of the file  has recognisable text? If it is a cover sheet for example, it may not be readily scannable. OCR will only work with onscreen text, rather than giving you a whole document at once.

I have  always performed the OCR on the alert about it being a blank document: I don’t understand the purpose of you pressing the home button before doing the OCR I’m a fraid.




From: Cearbhall O'Meadhra
Sent: 07 November 2020 0:09 13
Subject: [nvda] NVDA OCR with adobe image file




I have a scanned image in an Adobe .pdf file. I want to run NVDAs OCR over it. When I open the document in adobe Acrobat DC I get a message  that this is a blank document. I press F6 twice and press enter on the home button. Then I press NVDA+R and I hear recognising and below that result document but there is no text showing.


I know that this document is an image of scanned text because I can convert it using Abbyy Finereader.


All advice and instructions welcome!


All the best,




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