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Scanned documents

Scanned documents are images and the text cannot be read by a screen reader. In order to make it readable, you will need to use a tool called Optical Character Recognition (OCR). 

How to edit scanned documents 

  1. Open a PDF file containing a scanned image in Adobe Acrobat (not Adobe Reader) for Mac or PC. 
  2. Click on the “Edit PDF” tool in the right pane. Acrobat automatically applies optical character recognition (OCR) to your document and converts it to a fully editable copy.
  3. Click the text element you wish to edit and start typing. New text matches the look of the original fonts in your scanned image. 
  4. Choose “File” > “Save As” and type a new name for your editable document. 


Use SensusAccess software to convert documents into accessible formats.

Some documents are not able to be converted due to its format and the quality of the scanned image.

Check your content to reformat sections or information that can't converted or if it is a non-OCR document.