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Office Lens

  • Android, iPad, iPhone
  • Free
  • age 16+

About Office Lens

Office Lens is a Microsoft Office app that lets users scan, capture, and annotate documents, whiteboards, business cards, and photos to share them across digital platforms.

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Sometimes you have a piece of paper that you need to get into digital form. Maybe you don't have a scanner handy. Never fear! That's where Adobe Scan, a newly released mobile scanning app, comes in. Microsoft Office Lens scans documents, cards, and whiteboards with your iOS or Android phone, making them more readable, and in some cases editable.

Office Lens not only scans all your documents but can also convert the images to PowerPoint, Word and the ubiquitous PDF. The app has the capability to share images of whiteboards and blackboards.

After launching the app, smartphone and tablet users can take a picture of a document, whiteboard, business card, sticky note, handwritten note, or poster. It's easy to take photos because the app automatically crops the background. Users can also crop photos by using the app to create a new image, and then photos are saved on the camera roll or as a file, which can be renamed, converted, and exported to folders for use later on. 

Because images can be saved and shared in many forms, students who struggle with organization will need a game plan -- perhaps learning the ins and outs of tools like OneNote, PowerPoint, or Google Drive so that they can easily find their snapshots when they need them.  

Furthermore, when you are in the whiteboard mode, the app automatically adjusts the glare, lighting as well as shadows with the motive to capture the board clearly. With the business card mode feature, information on the card will be captured in Spanish, German and English, with some more languages in the coming days.

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App Details

Teacher Ratings


Android, iPad, iPhone




Organisational and Productivity Skills


In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No


Microsoft Corporation

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Office Lens trims, enhances and makes pictures of whiteboards and documents readable. Office Lens can convert images to editable Word and PowerPoint files too.

Office Lens is like having a scanner in your pocket. Like magic, it will digitize notes on whiteboards or blackboards. Always find important documents or business cards. Sketch your ideas and snap a picture for later. Don't lose receipts or stray sticky notes again!

- Capture and crop a picture of a whiteboard or blackboard and share your meeting notes with co-workers.
- Make digital copies of your printed documents, business cards or posters and trim them precisely.
- Printed and handwritten text will be automatically recognized (using OCR), so you can search for words in images and then copy and edit them.

- With Whiteboard mode, Office Lens trims and cleans up glare and shadows.
- With Document mode, Office Lens trims and colors images perfectly.
- Pictures can be saved to OneNote, OneDrive or other cloud storage.
- Business Card mode can extract contact information and save it into your address book and OneNote. This feature works best with the following business cards: English, German, Spanish and Simplified Chinese. Support for more languages is coming soon.
- Choose to convert images to Word (.docx), PowerPoint (.pptx) or PDF (.pdf) files that are automatically saved to OneDrive.

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