This article explains how to extract text from screenshots using the Snipping Tool in Windows 11.
The Snipping Tool is a built-in screenshot tool in Windows that allows you to capture screenshots of any part of your screen, including full-screen captures, individual windows, or user-defined capture areas.
Starting with version 11.2308.33.0, Microsoft added a Text Actions feature that allows users to use the Snipping Tool app to detect text in captured screenshots, making it easy to copy text into the clipboard.
A similar text extractor utility in the Microsoft PowerToys app allows users to copy text from anywhere on their screen, including inside images or videos.
This feature might be useful for some users. One common use case is when you come across a piece of text in an image or video that you want to copy and paste somewhere else. Instead of typing the text out manually, you can use the Text Actions feature in the Snipping Tool app to extract and copy the text to your clipboard easily.
This is particularly useful for tasks such as transcribing text from images, capturing text from online tutorials or video reviews, or extracting text from memes or social media posts.
Copy text in capture screenshots using the Snipping Tool
As mentioned above, Microsoft is introducing a Text Actions feature to the Snipping Tool. It detects text in your captured screenshots, making it easy to copy text from any image to share with others or paste into another app.
Here’s how to use it in the Snipping Tool.
First, open the Snipping Tool app. Then, take a screenshot of the image you want to extract its text.
With the captured image, click the Text Actions button on the toolbar to show all selectable text on the captured screenshot image.
To copy all text, click the “
Copy all text” button on the toolbar or press the CTRL + A keyboard shortcut, then the CTRL + C shortcut to select and copy all text into the clipboard
To copy selected text, use the mouse to select and highlight the text you want to copy. Then, right-click the selected text and select
Copy text the CTRL+ C keyboard shortcuts.
When you’re done, click the Text Actions button on the toolbar again to stop showing the Text Actions screen.
That should do it!
This post showed you how to use the newly released text capture feature in images using the Snipping Tool in Windows 11. If you find any errors above or have something to add, please use the comments form below.