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Microsoft’s Phone Link app now allows text extraction from photos: Here’s how to use it

Microsoft's Phone Link app now lets you extract text from images on your Android phone directly to your Windows PC. Here's how to use this handy new feature.

| Updated on: May 30 2024, 07:10 IST
10 basic tasks you can do on a Microsoft Excel sheet that will make your job simple and easy
Microsoft’s Phone Link app now allows text extraction from photos: Here’s how to use it
1/6 Do you use Microsoft Excel for your daily tasks that have to do with some sort of data or other? If not start using a Microsoft Excel sheet now! MS Excel changed the way we manage our day-to-day data a long time ago and since then a huge number of features have been added. From simple calculations to tracking information, you can do everything in a jiffy with MS Excel. Through MS Excel cells, you can add up your data, sort and filter it, put it in tables, and build charts out of it. Check out the 10 basic tasks to do on a  Microsoft Excel sheet. (Microsoft)
Microsoft’s Phone Link app now allows text extraction from photos: Here’s how to use it
2/6 1. Creating a New Workbook and SheetsIn Excel, each workbook contains sheets, that act as spreadsheets. To start a new workbook, click on File, then New, and choose Blank Workbook. You can add multiple sheets to organize your data efficiently.2. Entering Data: To Enter data, click on an empty cell, like A1, and start entering your data—numbers or text. Press Enter or Tab to move to the next cell. Cells are crucial, forming the grid that allows you to organize information effectively.  (Pexels)
Microsoft’s Phone Link app now allows text extraction from photos: Here’s how to use it
3/6 3- Applying Cell Borders: To add cell borders, select the cell or range of cells, go to the Home tab, click on the arrow next to Borders in the Font group, and choose the border style you prefer.4-AutoSum:  To calculate quickly, select the cell below or to the right of your data, navigate to the Home tab, and click on AutoSum in the Editing group. Excel will automatically calculate the sum for you. (Pexels)
Microsoft’s Phone Link app now allows text extraction from photos: Here’s how to use it
4/6 5. Basic Formulas: you can explore Excel's mathematical capabilities by using simple formulas. Start a cell with an 'equal to' sign (=), type your formula (e.g., =2+4), and press Enter. Excel can handle addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.6. Formatting Numbers: To distinguish between different types of numbers, apply formatting such as currency, percentages, or dates. Select the cells containing your numbers, go to the Home tab, click the arrow in the General box, and choose your desired format.  (Pexels)
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5/6 7. Creating Tables for Easy Data Management: Efficiently manage and analyze your data by converting it into a table. Select your data, click the Quick Analysis button in the bottom-right corner, choose Tables, and click the Table button. This allows for quick filtering and sorting.8. Filtering Data in Tables: To filter data within a table, click the arrow in the table header of a column. Clear the Select All checkbox, then choose the specific data you want to display. This feature is invaluable for focusing on relevant information.
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6/6 9. Saving Your WorkNow you can ensure your work is secure by saving it. Click the Save button on the Quick Access Toolbar or press Ctrl+S. If it's your first time saving, select a location, enter a name for your workbook, and click Save.10. Activating and Using Add-Ins: You can extend Excel's functionality by activating add-ins. Navigate to the File tab, choose Options, go to the Add-Ins category, select Excel Add-ins, and click Go. Check the add-ins you want to use, click OK, and if prompted, install the selected add-ins. (Pixabay)
Microsoft’s Phone Link app now allows text extraction from photos: Here’s how to use it
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Microsoft's Phone Link app now lets you copy text from Android photos straight to your Windows PC. (Microsoft)

Microsoft has rolled out a fresh update for its Phone Link app, introducing a nifty feature that lets users extract text from images on their Android devices directly through their Windows desktop. This addition enhances the app's functionality, making it even more versatile for users.

Phone Link, a somewhat underrated tool, serves as a bridge between your PC and Android phone, offering conveniences like managing notifications, handling calls, and responding to messages seamlessly from your desktop.

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Effortless Photo Management Made Easier

Among its array of features, the photo tool stands out. It allows users to access and share photos stored on their Android phones directly from their PCs, bypassing the need for transfers via messaging apps or Nearby Share.

In its latest update, the Phone Link app for Windows has further augmented the photo feature by enabling text extraction from images. This means that any text visible within an image can be recognized by Phone Link and copied to the clipboard for easy sharing or storage.

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Here's a step-by-step guide on how to utilise this new feature:

1. Ensure your Android phone is connected to your Windows machine via the Phone Link app. If not already connected, download the Link to Windows app from the Play Store and follow the setup instructions.

2. Once connected, access your phone's photos through the Phone Link app on your Windows desktop.

3. Navigate to the Photos section within the Phone Link app, located next to Calls and Messages.

4. Select a photo containing visible text and open it within the app.

5. Click on the "Text" option at the top of the photo viewer.

6. If text is detected, highlight it with your mouse or use the "Select all text" or "Copy text" option.

7. Paste the copied text wherever needed, or use the shortcut Windows + V to access your clipboard.

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While this new feature is undoubtedly a welcome addition, users may encounter some limitations. In certain scenarios, the tool may struggle to accurately detect text, particularly in images with complex backgrounds or busy pixels, resulting in a "No text detected" message.

Nevertheless, the tool demonstrates its effectiveness in clear instances, showcasing its potential usefulness for frequent users of the Phone Link app on Windows.

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First Published Date: 29 May, 15:32 IST