Office Lens – App Review

The idea behind Office Lens is to turn your smartphone or tablet into a fast, efficient scanner, one that automatically deposits documents, business cards, receipts, sticky notes, whiteboards and other real-world items into your OneNote account (or various other destinations). Available on Windows, Android and Apple phones.

Step 1: Install Office Lens on your device, run the app, then give it permission to access your camera.

Step 2: The default “view” in the app is a live camera viewfinder. Choose one of the three available image types — Photo, Document or Whiteboard — then point the camera at whatever you want to capture.

Step 3: For documents and whiteboards, you’ll see the app attempt to automatically frame the image as you move around. Once the frame encompasses the desired area, tap the shutter button.

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Office Lens doesn’t always do a perfect job framing images, so you can crop if needed.Screenshot

Step 4: After a moment of processing the image, Office Lens gives you a preview of it. If it needs cropping, tap the Crop icon in the upper-right corner. Once you’re done cropping, or you’re just ready to save the image, tap Done.

Step 5: Now it’s time to choose the destination for this item. If it’s OneNote, you’ll first need to sign into your account (a one-time step). Then you can give the image a title and choose the notebook in which to file it. Alternately, Office Lens can export to your OneDrive account, or to Word or PowerPoint (whether or not you have the associated apps on your device). Other export options include PDF, e-mail and your photo library.

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