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Disable OCR in Edit for pre-OCRed documents

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Mar 19, 2024 Mar 19, 2024

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I have a large document set - all items are scanned sheets that are already competently OCRed by scanner software. I wish to do 3 things:

 

  1. Concatenate files into "chapters"
  2. Add a header and page numbers
  3. Aggressively compress the background image to reduce file size

 

Whenever I go into Edit mode (to add headers), Acrobat insists on redoing the OCR. And it is doing a poor job (and wasting my time), compared to the original scanner software.

 

How can I DISABLE this REDUNDANT and INFERIOR OCR compulsion that Acrobat seems to have? I have already disabled all the "make scannable" options wherever I have found them.

 

Help me, Obi-Wan, you're my only hope...

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Adobe Employee ,
Mar 19, 2024 Mar 19, 2024

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Hi @William361515968epv 

 

Hope you are doing well and thanks for reaching out.

 

The OCR process is turned on by default. When you open a scanned document for editing, the current page is converted to editable text. As you scroll, the page in focus becomes editable. You can disable the automatic OCR option if you don't want to convert your scanned documents to editable text.

Choose Edit > Text.

To turn off automatic OCR, click on the gear icon at the top and uncheck Recognize scanned text option. Acrobat won't automatically run OCR the next time you open the document for editing.

 

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Amal

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Apr 06, 2024 Apr 06, 2024

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Hi, Amal.  As many users have reported in another thread, this option is not actually available.  (Currently using 2024.001.20643 on Mac.)  The "Recognize scanned text" option is checked, but it is grayed out and is not available to change.

 

Furthermore, users--including myself--are trying to figure out how to disable this option as the default.  Unchecking the box (even if it worked) is tedious if this feature is never used.

 

Any suggestions?  Thanks!

 

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