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Office Lens update allows you to create Office documents with your Windows Phone camera

Today’s post was written by Yu Ukai, program manager with Office Lens team in Japan.

I’ve often heard that “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and with today’s update to the Office Lens app on Windows Phone, such a translation is actually possible!

Office Lens is a great app for capturing whiteboard notes and paper documents and saving them in OneNote. Today it got even better with the ability to convert pictures of whiteboard notes and paper documents directly into Word documents and PowerPoint presentations—that you can edit, author and edit again.

Converting hardcopy documents into Word files

Take a picture of your hardcopy document using your phone and tap Save. A new Word document is automatically saved to your OneDrive, so you can access it on any device.

Office Lens word

Don’t have the original document? Need a way to copy and paste from a handout, textbook or poster? Office Lens can do that for you.

For students, if you’re on your way to class and you notice a typo in a printed paper you’re about to hand in, just take a picture of it using Office Lens and convert it into a new Word file. You can then make the changes on your device and print it again when you get to campus.

Converting pictures from whiteboards into PowerPoint files

If you’re in a meeting and your marketing manager jots down a great storyboard idea for the big client you’re going to see next week, take a picture of the whiteboard using Office Lens and convert it directly into PowerPoint. Present the PowerPoint as is or edit the slide and embellish it with a few more great ideas.

Office Lens whiteboard

Office Lens doesn’t just take a picture and import an image into a Word or PowerPoint file. The final Word and PowerPoint documents are real Office documents.

For Word, Office Lens recognizes the text and the document layout. All the text, formatting and layout in the Word document is preserved. Images of typed text become fully editable—just like you authored it at your desk.

For PowerPoint, all the handwritten lines and strokes are transformed into PowerPoint drawing objects that can be recolored, resized, repositioned and edited. That great infographic or sketch from one presentation can now be reused in other presentations.

And all Word and PowerPoint files are automatically saved to OneDrive, where they can be opened and edited from any device or even in your browser.  That document scanned in class or a meeting can then be edited by classmates or colleagues when you share with them via OneDrive.

You can see how all these new features in Office Lens work in the following video:

If you haven’t installed Office Lens on your Windows Phone, you can download it for free.

Once you have installed Office Lens, try printing and using Office Lens with the example Word and PowerPoint documents attached below to get an understanding of how it works.

Office Lens Word Sample

Office Lens PowerPoint Sample

We hope you enjoy Office Lens for Windows Phone. Please let us know in the comments how you use the app and what you think. We love hearing all your great feedback and we use it to improve the app in the next release!


—Yu Ukai


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