Tip of the Week: Office Lens - Scan Documents With Your Phone

Your pocket scanner!

Rahul Pulikkot Nath
Rahul Pulikkot Nath

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Scanning physical documents can be cumbersome using a scanner, especially if you do not have easy access to one. Taking pictures with the default camera application on the phone might not give the best of results that you are expecting. Also, you will mostly end up needing to trim such photos of unwanted elements.

Microsoft Office Lens is the perfect application for scanning documents and whiteboards. Office Lens focuses documents in the camera frame and allows you to capture just what is required. It enhances the selected document sections. Below is an example of the highlight and the captured document.

Office Lens Capture


  • Capture and crop a picture of a whiteboard or blackboard, and share your meeting notes with colleagues.
  • Make digital copies of your printed documents, business cards or posters, and trim them precisely.
  • Printed text will be automatically recognized (using OCR) by converting Word and PDF, so you can search for words in images and copy and edit them.

Office Lens is available on all platforms. Download the Android, iOS or the Windows version from the stores. Next time you want to scan something just Office Lens it!