How many times have you wished you could copy text from an image in Google Photos? You know this option is available on your Android and iOS devices. Now, get ready for the good news! Now you can finally copy image text in Google Photos right in your web browser on your computer.
History Lesson on Google Photos
The mobile version of Photos supports a technology called Google Lens. According to Wikipedia, Google Lens is an image recognition technology developed by Google, designed to bring up relevant information. For example, the material is related to objects it identifies using visual analysis based on a neural network. First announced during Google I/O 2017, Google Lens was initially a standalone app. Later, Google added it into Android’s standard camera app.
When directing the phone’s camera at an object, Google Lens will attempt to identify the item by reading barcodes, QR codes, labels, and text and show relevant search results, web pages, and information. In addition, when you point your device’s camera at a Wi-Fi label containing the network name and password, it will automatically connect to the scanned Wi-Fi network. Google Lens is a part of Google Photos and Google Assistant apps.
PCWorld recently posted on their blog that Google Photos now lets you copy text from an image. This is fantastic news!
For instance, when you enable OCR in Google Photos, you now have an easy way to take a picture of a document, book, or anything else on your phone, open it in your browser, and quickly copy its contents into an Office file.
You’ll know you have access to the feature if you open a picture with words in it via the Google Photos website. Once you have it open, you should see a “Copy text from image” prompt at the top of the page. Once you select it, Photos will summon the words in a separate pane for easy copy and pasting. The service even lets you choose portions of text if you don’t want to copy/paste every word.
Use Your Computer Browser
9to5Google.com recently announced, “Google is now bringing Lens to the desktop web inside Google Photos for convenient text copying through optical character recognition (OCR).
Opening an image with words reveals a “Copy text from image” suggestion chip that features the (old) Lens logo and dismiss button. It appears to the left of Share, Edit, Info, and other controls for Google Photos.”
9to5Google also says, “This is the first time Lens has expanded beyond mobile. On Android, it is available when you use Google Image Search, while Chrome mobile lets you hold down on any image for quick analysis. Besides Photos for the web, Lens would be very convenient in the desktop browser or at the very least images.google.com.”
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