Most scanners comes with an OCR(Optical Character Recognition) software that will convert your scanned documents into text. Of course, if you happened to scan a document somewhere sometime but wanted to quickly convert it to digitized text, you might want to learn that there’s a FREE OCR conversion site called Free-OCR.com.
In a test conducted by Lifehacker, this OCR was just as effective as a commercial OCR software:
The rate of errors and quirks in the conversion wasn’t much higher than commercial OCR software and just like using a commercial solution you’ll need to go through and double check to make sure what you see and what the machine sees are the same thing. If you know of other free OCR services, share the wealth in the comments below.
I have to agree that a free website for OCR is awesome, especially since it also converts PDF, JPG, GIF, TIFF or BMP formatted files.