How to: Scan from Microsoft Lens to OneNote (iOS)

May 28, 2021

Student standing in a library, using a tablet

Do you use Microsoft Lens? Today we’ll explain how you can scan from your Microsoft Lens to OneNote on your iOS device.

  1. Connect your iPad to a Wi-Fi network.
  2. Open Microsoft Office Lens and sign in to a Microsoft account. If you do not have the app it can be downloaded for free through the app store.
  3. When you open the app, the first thing you’ll see is the capture screen. Select “Document”.
  4. Place your document on a flat, well-lit surface.
  5. Position your iPad over the document so that the entirety of the text appears within the red guide lines. When your satisfied with the positioning of the document, hit the capture button (the white circle).
  6. You will now be shown a preview of the document. From this screen you can make additional adjustments to the document such as crop, rotate, etc. If you are not satisfied with the capture you can tap on the trash icon to delete and try again.
  7. When you’re ready to continue, hit “Done”, and select “OneNote”.
  8. From this screen you can title and choose the location of your document. When you’re ready to continue, hit save.
  9. You will see a preview of your image. Tap on it to complete the export to OneNote.
  10. The document has now been added to your OneNote. From here you can adjust the size and orientation of the image, highlight sections of the image, add text boxes etc.
  11. To have the document read aloud, tap on the View tab and select Immersive Reader.
  12. To copy the text contained within the image, tap on it and select “Copy Text”. Then, open the OneNote section, page, or app you wish to copy the raw text to, tap and hold for 2 seconds, and select Paste.
  13. To add additional text to the capture, select a blank area of your OneNote page and either type or speak the text you wish to add. To speak text, tap on the microphone symbol from the drop down keyboard and start speaking. Once you are finished, the text will become an independent, moveable text box. Now, you can tap and drag the text box to the location of your choosing, including directly on top of the captured image/document.

This post originally appeared on the AT Help Desk website (new window).