#3 MS-Office Gyan for the day: OCR in OneNote



Optical Character Recognition, usually abbreviated to OCR, is the mechanical or electronic conversion of scanned or photoed images of typewritten or printed text into machine-encoded/computer-readable text.


I tried exploring the OCR and other features of Microsoft One Note and its really cool. I might present in a layman style but believe me its awesome tool for your day to day notes. Just take a look how I explored One Note.


If you are using One Note get the One Note  apps for free from http://www.onenote.com/


Just open your OneNote and create your Tab and your page… yes all set. This is a simple note taking application but the capabilities what One Note has is mind-blowing.

Select the Insert menu and take a look at the Ribbon. Lets try couple of feature. We will start with the OCR.

We will read text from an image!!! Cool …Right. Lets do it.


Copy Text From Picture


Here I have inserted one of my picture where some quotes are there. I will try extracting the text from the picture. Its just two step.




Right click on the picture & select  “copy Text From Picture”  and when you are ready “paste your text any where”.



Now you try with various picture and explore the power of One Note.

Screen Clipping

How about taking screen shot in a  quick and effective way with time stamp. Now I am not talking about that old “Print Screen” method of taking screen print and paste it and then write timestamp by your own. Lets see how One Note helps.


imageSelect the Insert menu and select “Screen Clipping” and then suddenly you see One Note will disappear and will go to the background. Its giving a chance to you to capture a portion of the screen you are interested for. (next time Try the keys (Shift+ Windows + s) for a twist.)



Now once you select one area OneNote will take that portion and will paste in the text area of OneNote with a time stamp which reads like “Screen clipping taken <Date>”. I took a screen capture from my blog.





Now a task for you , If you have a scanner attached try the other option “Scanned Images”


Where next





Till next “Keep Smiling”.

Computer Science Education Week: Dec 9th to 15th 2013


Anybody can learn

If you have never learned computer , now this is your chance to learn and support for the “Computer Science Education Week”. If you are willing to learn the course materials are free. Just learn and spread the word.


Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science.

Originally conceived by the Computing in the Core coalition, Code.org is producing CSEdWeek for the first time this year, held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).  (Source http://csedweek.org/about)


Code.org says

If you haven’t already, start your own Hour of Code. Help us reach 1 billion lines of code!


Some stats so far


12,241,183 have learned an HOUR of CODE


Different organization and BIG Boss of the industry are supporting for this cause.

Word from the Leaders and trendsetters


Aaron Skonnard from pluralsight said

We’ll award a full Pluralsight grant to the first 50 schools that participate in ‪#‎HourOfCode‬ and apply by Dec 15: http://blog.pluralsight.com/hour-of-code-grants ~ Aaron Skonnard


Even Khan Academy is supporting for this cause.


About Code.org

Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to expanding computer science education. The Code.org vision is that computer science should be part of the core curriculum in every school, alongside other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) courses, such as biology, physics, chemistry and algebra.


I am learning courses from CodeAcademy and I am really happy with the content and the presentation.



Don’t wait , learn and be a part of the HISTORY.

New Mail Window–Just a line of code

In most of the website you might have noticed, the contact us or contact me link at the end. Once you click that it will open a new mail window of your default mail client and it will have the mention subject and a mail id in the to box. So we can achieve that with the below line of code.

   1: <a href="mailto:simplymanas@gmail.com?Subject=query">Contact Me</a>


in HTML5 I wrote this in the footer section in this way.


   1: <footer>&copy; simplymanas 2013

   2: <a href="mailto:simplymanas@gmail.com?Subject=From BR">Contact Me</a>

   3: <a href="http:\www.twitter.comsimplymanas">@simplymanas</a>

   4: </footer>


and it will appear like this

© simplymanas 2013

Contact Me @simplymanas


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Quote of the Day:

No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave.

–John Calvin Coolidge