Office Lens lets you scan and save documents on Windows 10

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

If you own an iPad, an iPhone or an Android phone, you most likely have already installed the CamScanner tool for scanning and saving documents, notes, receipts, sketches and anything that needs to be jotted down in a couple of seconds. This is one of the most popular apps available, having been downloaded more than 100 million times according to its developer.

For the moment, CamScanner is only available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone, so if you are using Windows 10, you won’t have the chance to use this awesome tool. Pay attention though: If you’re using a desktop or a notebook, CamScanner may not be the right choice for you. The app is more suitable for tablets running Windows 10, such as the Surface Pro devices.

However, if you need a similar app for PCs or tablets that also works on Windows 10, choose Office Lens. This pocket scanner designed by Microsoft is a very useful app. It is free, so you can download and use it for as long as you want. It helps you to digitize images and convert pictures to Word, PDF or PowerPoint format.

You can also save the documents to OneDrive, OneNote or your local drive. This is great if you need a backup or if you lose a device. An interesting feature is the Business card mode that lets you extract contact information from business cards and save it right into an address book or in OneNote.

While Office Lens is not as good as the popular CamScanner, it is still a good replacement considering the latter is currently not available for Windows 10 devices yet.

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