If you use Windows, you need PowerToys. This collection of open source goodies directed and published by Microsoft itself is one of the best free software packages out there, and we can’t recommend it enough. That’s even more true today, as the company released an updated version containing three brand new tools: a previously spotted text extractor (an optical character recognition tool), a ruler for measuring screen pixels, and a tool for quickly inserting small – Use accents in text.
Text Extractor is probably the most universally applicable addition here. This is the open source version of Joseph Finney’s paid Text Grab application, now integrated into PowerToys and free for Windows users. The tool is essentially like a screenshot grabber, allowing you to highlight an area of an image and automatically grab any text within it, then paste it into a field of your choice. It’s not magic: Text Extractor needs fairly sharp images to extract text, just like Google Lens on a smartphone. But there’s no denying that for those very specific cases, it’s very handy.