Here’s how to capture any text from your Mac’s screen

Taking screenshots is a convenient way to record and jot down an important message while watching videos, ads, or even video calls. Don’t you want an easier way to capture text from your Mac screen so you don’t have to sit around with pen and paper? Fortunately, we found an app that makes this possible, and it makes it easy to record text from the Mac screen.

One of the challenges today is how to transcribe text from your Mac screen exactly, which is the main concern. Whether it’s a promotion or an advertisement, nobody wants to risk losing something in the translation. Of course, you can pull out your phone, open the Google Translate app, and then fumble around. What if it’s not as accurate as it seems? So I recommend using TextSniper to capture any key text that is shared during a Zoom meeting or other online classroom lesson.

I have been using TextSniper for a month now and am really amazed at its speed and accuracy. Let’s start with how to set it up and use it to capture text from your Mac’s screen.

Let’s begin.

How to capture any text from the Mac screen with TextSniper

Step 1: Download and install TextSniper.

Step 2: Once installed, you will need to give TextSniper access to record your screen through the system settings. So click on the TextSniper icon in the menu bar and select Capture Text. This will bring up the option to ask you to allow access. Click Open System Preferences.

Step 3: After opening the System Preferences window, navigate to the Security & Privacy> Privacy tab and select Screen Recording from the left pane.

Authorization for the system settings of Text Sniper

Step 4: Click the lock in the lower left and enter that admin Password. Then check the box in front of TextSniper in the right pane.

Unlock input admin password

Step 5: After confirming this action to exit and restart. TextSniper will restart and the icon will reappear in the menu bar.

Use TextSniper to capture text from your Mac screen

For example, let’s say you’re watching a video, an ad, or attending a virtual meeting.

Whenever you see text on the screen that you need to jot down for later, you need to hit a Screengrab shortcut. Here is what you need to do.

Step 1: On your Mac, press Shift + Command + 2.

Step 2: Select the area from which you want to capture the text. Once you do, the TextSniper will display a thumbs-up icon and text – Copied to the clipboard.

Take a screenshot text sniper

Step 3: Open any document or app that you want to paste the selected text into.

While the TextSniper works perfectly for everything – PDF, images, videos and online meetings. However, if your use is limited to images and PDF files only, you can also give OwlOCR a try. It’s a worthy alternative to TextSniper.

Capture any text from PDF, image or screen text with OwlOCR from your Mac

While TextSniper is a fantastic option for general-purpose use, OwlOCR is great for its optical character recognition feature for images with text, all on-screen text, and PDFs where you can’t just copy text. Here’s how to get started.

Step 1: Download the OwlOCR app from the Mac App Store.

Step 2: Start the OwlOCR app and press the switch for language correction.

Owl OCR Language Flick

Step 3: Drag and drop the PDF or image file you want OwlOCR to read.

Owl OCR.  drag and drop

Step 4: Click the OCR Page button and let the app do its magic.

OCR button owl OCR

The app then scans all of the text in the image and displays it in the window area next to the image.

If you have a multi-page PDF, you can click the OCR All button to extract and paste them into the window on the side. This convenience makes it easier for you to extract text from a long PDF document.

If you want to create additional text from multiple PDFs and take multiple screenshots together, you can buy the Pro version, which will cost you $ 13.99.

Get smart

Capturing text from images, PDFs, or videos shouldn’t be a challenge after using these two apps. Selecting text from a fast-paced video or movie can be a little tricky, but you can pause the video at any time to record it Screenshot . The only limitation you might find is that both apps are limited to the English language only.

Both apps helped me a lot in taking notes from the videos that were part of my online courses. I use both alternatively and am still happy with them.

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