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Bing vision adds a lot of value to windows phone. In this how to, we will discuss how to use the phone’s camera as a OCR (Optical Character Recognition). For those who doesn’t understand what a OCR is; it is the ability to recognize the text from an image. Using windows phone’s Bing vision feature you will have the text from a piece of paper or an image in no time.

- Tap Search key to navigate to the search page.
- Tap the vision icon. (Some region might not have this feature.)
- This will activate your camera.
- Focus on the area / material from where the text needs to be recognized.
- Once the phone is able to recognize the text, the “scan text” button will get enabled. (Holding the phone at a good distance from the source is the key).
- Tap the “scan text” button and the phone will auto focus and take a snapshot and then recognize the text.
- Now you can also translate the text by tapping the “translate” button which will show you the list of languages to which you can translate to.
- Select the language and you will get the translated text shown as overlay.
- If you just want to copy the text, tap at the boxes to select the text and use the clipboard to copy the text.

This feature needs a live internet connection to recognize and translate the text.

Text Recognition

Text Translation

Text Selection

This how to is written based on Windows Phone 8. Actual functionality might differ from device to device. Some features may not be available with pre-Windows Phone 8.

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