Microsoft Lens trims, enhances, and makes pictures of whiteboards and documents readable.
You can use Microsoft Lens to convert images to PDF, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files, digitize printed or handwritten text, and save to OneNote, OneDrive, or your local device. You can even import images that are already on your device using Gallery.

• Scan and upload all your notes, receipts, and documents
• Capture whiteboard at end of the meeting to keep those action items on track
• Scan printed text or handwritten meeting notes to edit and share later
• Keep your business networking contacts handy by scanning business cards and saving them to your contact list
• Choose to save as PDF, Image, Word or PowerPoint formats into OneNote, OneDrive, or local device as location

• Scan classroom handouts and annotate them in Word and OneNote
• Scan handwritten notes to digitize and edit later (works with English only)
• Take a picture of the whiteboard or blackboard to reference later, even if you're offline
• Keep class notes and your own research organized with the seamless integration with OneNote

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What’s New

Version 2.56.1

Bug fixes and performance improvements

Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
7.9K Ratings

7.9K Ratings

Editors' Notes

Brainstorm meetings can often be mayhem, but the notes don’t have to be. Along with capturing regular ol’ documents, this scanning app erases glare from shots of your meeting’s whiteboard. It also transforms your scans into editable Word and PowerPoint files. We see this mighty scanner tidying up other parts of our lives too—as an archival tool for jumbled receipts, handwritten recipes and our kids’ doodles.

MetalCello ,

Fantastic for student notes

Accurate and easy to use. I use this app to scan handouts and documents as a PDF’s or jpg’s to drop quickly into notability, goodnotes 5, Nebo and elsewhere. Even if the original quality is average most times I can get a usable image. I can snap an image quickly, (best with the flash if possible to eliminate shadows). The app squares it up. I save it to the photo roll and drop it where I want. The pics are sharp, clear and colour accurate (mostly) Ready for mark up notes, signatures or what ever I need. I’ve tried others. Nothing comes close. I don’t use the ocr or whiteboard function so I cant comment on that. No subscription needed, no ads. Full functionality comes if you use Word and PowerPoint. Best I’ve found for my needs. It’s become an important part of my daily workflow. (I use the app on an iPad Pro and iPad 7 with the plastic stick)

LeoZzZjy ,

Perfect app and great efficiency with little suggestions

Dear Microsoft team,

Thanks a lot for developing this scanning App and let it free. It’s very simple, easy and high efficient scanning software on IOS.

Found a bug for last version that App would crash and exit when users were trying to select save path for pdf; and you guys fix up only after few days.

May I please offer a suggestion? Regarding scanning file quality and size, it looks we have to use “high quality” by default and need to choose another each time for each individual file if we want medium quality.

Would it possible to make it optional, say we can set a default file quality for all?

Thanks very much again.


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The developer, Microsoft Corporation, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer's privacy policy.

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    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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