The Text Recognition tool (formerly known as OCR tool) is a Kami created feature tool designed to turn a scanned document into a fully digitally recognisable PDF. What does this mean exactly? Well when you scan a document into a computer, it can’t read anything on it. In effect, the computer just sees the file as one large image. This is why you can’t interact with any of the features on the file, merely view it. 

The Text Recognition tool basically gets the computer to actually read the scan you have given it. tool allows the computer to recognise all the characters written on it so that you can start to interact with the contents on the page. 

The tool itself can be accessed from, or from the Kami main menu:

How to use the Text Recognition Tool - from scratch

To use the Text Recognition tool, drag a file in from your local storage or click the white box to choose one from your computer or from Google Drive via the orange button. 

Then click "NEXT" and Text Recognition will be run on the document.

Your file will then be processed:

And then you can click "Download" or open it straight into Kami by clicking on the K icon in the following screenshot:

How to use the Text Recognition Tool on your document inside of Kami:

Text Recognition can also be directly run on a document loaded into Kami, by choosing the "Text Recognition" button in the dropdown menu. The progress bar will appear as a popup on the bottom of the screen.

Please note that the automatic pop-up for Text Recognition will always appear upon opening a file without text in Kami. (images, diagrams .etc)

If you are having trouble selecting text with the tools, or if the Text to Speech is unintelligible, you are likely using a scanned PDF. Scanned PDF's can have some trouble with having the text recognised on the page due to the quality of the scan, the formatting and other reasons. To check please email us with a copy of the document.

If you encounter any errors with Text Recognition please email our Customer Success team at Please use the Share Document button to share the file with us or attach the file if that isn't possible.

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