OCR Options


Selecting the right OCR options is important if you want fast and accurate results. When deciding which options you want to use, you should consider not only the type and complexity of your document, but also how you intend to use the results.  The following groups of options are available:

You can find the OCR options on the Read tab of the Options dialog box (Tools > Options…).

Important! ABBYY FineReader automatically recognizes any pages you add to a FineReader document. The currently selected options will be used for recognition. You can turn off automatic analysis and OCR of newly added images on the Scan/Open tab of the Options dialog box (Tools > Options…).

Note: If you change the OCR options after a document has been recognized, run the OCR process again to recognize the document with the new options.

Reading mode

There are two reading modes in ABBYY FineReader 12:

  • Thorough reading

In this mode, ABBYY FineReader analyzes and recognizes both simple documents and documents with complex layouts, even those with text printed on a colored background and documents with complex tables (including tables with white grid lines and tables with color cells).

Note: Compared to the Fast mode, the Thorough mode takes more time but ensures better recognition quality.

  • Fast reading

This mode is recommended for processing large documents with simple layouts and good quality images.

Detect structural elements

Select the structural elements you want the program to detect: headers and footers, footnotes, tables of contents and lists. The selected elements will be clickable when the document is saved.


Recognition with training is used to recognize the following types of text:

  • Text with decorative elements
  • Texts with special symbols (e.g. uncommon mathematical symbols)
  • Large volumes of text from low-quality images (over 100 pages)

The Read with training option is disabled by default. Enable this option to train ABBYY FineReader when recognizing text.

You can use either built-in or your own patterns for recognition. Select one of the options under Training to choose which kind of patterns you want to use.

User patterns and languages

You can save and load user pattern and language settings.

For details, see "What Is a FineReader Document?"


Here you can select the fonts to be used when saving recognized text.

  • To select fonts:
    1. Click the Fonts… button.
    2. Select the desired fonts and click OK.


If your document contains barcodes and you wish them to be converted into strings of letters and digits rather than saved as pictures, select Look for barcodes. This feature is disabled by default.

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