Activating ABBYY FineReader


After you install ABBYY FineReader 12, you need to activate the program to be able to run it in full mode. In restricted mode, some of the features will be disabled, depending on your version and region.

Activation takes just a few minutes. An Activation Wizard will help you send the data required to activate your copy to ABBYY, and you will receive an activation code in return.

Important! Some editions of the product are activated automatically over the Internet and do not require additional confirmation by the user.

To activate FineReader:

  1. On the Help menu, click Activate ABBYY FineReader….
  2. Follow the instructions of the Activation Wizard.

When you choose to activate your copy by phone or e-mail, you will have to enter your activation code or provide the path to the activation file in the corresponding dialog box of the Activation Wizard.

Once you have activated your copy, ABBYY FineReader will run on this computer in full mode.

Activation methods

  • Over the Internet

Activation is carried out automatically and takes only seconds to complete. An active Internet connection is required for this method.

  • By e-mail

The program will ask you to send an automatically generated e-mail message to ABBYY with the information required to activate ABBYY FineReader. The e-mail message will be generated automatically. You will receive an activation code in reply.

Important! Be sure not to alter the subject field and the body of the generated e-mail message to ensure a quick reply from the e-mail robot.

  • On a website

The Activation Wizard will display an internet address, a serial number, and a Product ID. Go to the address indicated in the Activation Wizard and type the serial number and the Product ID in the corresponding fields on the page. You will be asked to download a file. Save this file to your hard disk and specify the path to this file in the Activation Wizard.

The Activation Wizard generates a unique Product ID. This parameter is created on the basis of your computer configuration data as of the moment of activation. The parameter does not include any personal information, information about the computer model, installed software, user settings, or stored data. The Product ID, the serial number, product name and version, and the user interface language of ABBYY FineReader are the only data transferred to ABBYY's server during activation. This information is required in order to select the appropriate language and content of the activation reply message and will not be used for any other purposes.

  • By phone

Select your country in the corresponding dialog box of the Activation Wizard. The wizard will show the telephone numbers of the nearest ABBYY office or ABBYY partner in your area. Communicate the serial number and the Product ID displayed in the Activation Wizard to an ABBYY technical support manager.

Important! Some editions of the product cannot be activated over the phone.

You can reinstall ABBYY FineReader on the computer on which it has been activated as often as you wish, without activating it again. However, if major upgrades are made to the system (e.g. if you change your computer's hardware configuration, you format the hard disk or reinstall the operating system), you may need to obtain a new activation code and activate ABBYY FineReader again.

Once you activate ABBYY FineReader 12 Corporate, you will also get access to ABBYY Business Card Reader, a handy application that enables you to scan business cards, capture the contact data, and export the captured contacts into various electronic formats.

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