How to ACTUALLY turn off Auto OCR - or I truly despise 'performing page recognition' / Automatic OCR

New Here ,
Sep 16, 2020 Sep 16, 2020

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For myself (and it appears many others) this is the worst feature Adobe Acrobat (maybe Adobe period) currently has. Trying to edit a PDF is a nightmare with this idiotic scan. It repeatedly scans, over and over (once isn't enough?) it takes forever, and oddly it tilts random images off center.

What is the purpose of this? To frustrate users into using another PDF editor? I could understand if it was a work in progress, but you can't even turn the damn thing off. I've tried all the "steps" recommended and nothing. Yes, I have the latest version. 

Threads like this appear through-out Adobe support. It's currently a garbage feature - allow me to turn it off until it's useful. Until then, I'm using another editor. 

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Adobe Community Professional , Sep 16, 2020 Sep 16, 2020
You can disable this at Edit PDF:

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Sep 16, 2020 Sep 16, 2020

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When you Edit PDF what want you edit?

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Sep 16, 2020 Sep 16, 2020

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In this case, I simply want to be able to add/remove text, and switch a few images. Rather uncomplicated - you would think.

However, every time I scroll past (without even touching) an image, it starts the entire 'performing page recognition' again - for the entire 80 page document. In every awful encouter I've had with this 'Auto OCR' (even docs with only a few pages) the process itself takes far too long and wastes time rather than saves it.

As of now, it's an annoyance and I'd prefer to turn it off completely, but even that doesn't seem possible.

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Sep 16, 2020 Sep 16, 2020

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You can disable this at Edit PDF:

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Oct 04, 2020 Oct 04, 2020

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I am with Clint. I need to turn this "feature" off but the Recognize Text box is greyed out within the Edit PDF

option, right under 'Settings'. This OCR is really bad when i have a full page of music and the scan starts and

turns every note on the score editable. I want to maintain the "Image" asis from Finale. The OCR is a nightmare in this context. Thank you in advance for your help.

 

 

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 05, 2020 Oct 05, 2020

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This checkbox is only active for scanned documents.

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 09, 2021 Apr 09, 2021

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This isnt the correct answer its not 'recognise text' its 'page recognition' which scans graphics. and ruins them. turn this off please adobe. thanks

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 09, 2021 Apr 09, 2021

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and why cant i UNDO the scan? it is just completely stupid.

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 09, 2021 Apr 09, 2021

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once again this is not 'recognise text', i have unchecked that box and it is still doing the scan. its just done it again. completely wasted my day and night trying to fix this document because of this feature.

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 09, 2021 Apr 09, 2021

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and one more thing! it saves it automatically too! so when i close the unsaved document to try and revert back to the original, it has still ruined all my graphics! hurray!!!! 

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 09, 2021 Apr 09, 2021

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MAN I am in an absolute rage right now over this feature and was about to post something like this myself.

 

i cannot actually believe how annoying this is. I have made my documents in indesign. My graphics and layout and colours are DONE. I dont need acrobate to touch that. All im trying to do is edit some text fields as i am making an interacive PDF.

 

Everytime i click slightly out of the text fields or something when im adjusting, it decides to scan my whole page and 'recognise' everything and make it all editable and movable. WHY WOULD ANYONE WANT THIS TO HAPPEN AUTOMATICALLY?

 

its ruining my design, my files are ruined and i have to start all opver again to try and do this text fields without clicking in the wrong place or it will happen again!! im on like my tenth time now. I have had enough!!!!! turn off this stupid feature

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 09, 2021 Apr 09, 2021

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P.s. AND BY THE WAY this is not 'Recognise text' that is turned off. this is called 'page recognition' and i dont know if im just too much in a rage to see how to turn this off but i cannot see anything anywhere to disable it

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Apr 14, 2021 Apr 14, 2021

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I have had the same problem, but just with the latest update, though - as of today. I had to go to the Acrobat preferences, and under "Convert from pdf", view EVERY format in the list, and check the edit options for ALL of them, to uncheck the "Run OCR if needed" wherever it appeared (changes it to 'false'). and so far it is working. Previously, it would want to OCR scanned images sometimes, but then I could turn off the check box as indicated above (which also removed any OCR results), and all would be fine until the next time I checked the box on because I did want to OCR something....

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