All posts by cbaldwin

Copying Text from a Picture

Copying text from a picture is a useful technique that can be performed on images and screen clippings in OneNote. It does require a bit of formatting at times and can be fussy depending on the type of document from which the text is derived. (scanned images tend not to work as well).

Step 1: Right click on the image, then click on “copy text from picture”

Step 2: Click “Paste”. Text copied from a picture can be pasted into any other program such as, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook etc.

Copying text from a picture can be useful for modifying test questions from a scanned page of a textbook, or from a pdf version of a test. Helpful for test security.

Note: If you use Office Lens to take a picture, you can save the picture as a .pdf with searchable text. This is another method for getting text from an image.

Screen Capturing

Have you ever wanted to capture your OneNote lectures but weren’t sure how? Maybe a student was absent, and you’d like to send along the class discussion. Maybe you’re hoping to archive the lesson for next year. Or perhaps you’re looking to share your work with colleagues for professional development. Microsoft Mix is a quick and easy option to satisfy all these needs!

Before you start, “Screen Recording” will create a digital video file (in .mpeg format) of all the actions you take on your screen, as well as any sound picked up by your Surface’s microphone. You can then save this file to your Surface or upload it to YouTube, whatever your needs.

Step 1: Open PowerPoint and click on “Mix”


Step 2: Choose “Screen Recording”


Step 3: Click on “Select Area”


Step 4: Drag across the area you would like to capture


Step 5: Click on “Record”


Step 6: When finished, click on “Stop”. The video will then be embedded into a slide in PowerPoint. You can right click on the video and select “save media as…” you can then choose a desired name and location for the video.