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Microsoft Office Lens - PDF Scanner

Microsoft Office Lens - PDF Scanner

Microsoft Corporation

Office Lens is a pocket PDF scanner to scan documents and whiteboard images

4.7 Ratings 576K+ Reviews 10M+ Downloads
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Office Lens is a pocket PDF scanner to scan documents and whiteboard images
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Ratings & Reviews

4.7
575.7K+ Ratings
  1. 5
    82%
  2. 4
    11%
  3. 3
    3%
  4. 2
    1%
  5. 1
    3%
  • Almost perfect Oct 17, 2017

    By Easywater
    Everything works well enough for daily uses. I use it to scan and store most paper notes, receipts, documents, magazine clips... Most of the times the app detects the boundaries of the document and automatically crops the scanned image to remove unwanted background. However, sometimes when the contrast between the background and the document is not high enough and/or the light level is low, the app cannot tell where the boundaries are and keeps switching around and snaps on to the wrong boundary lines. I try to move & adjust the phone to different angles & positions to get the app to snap on the correct boundaries but before I can hit the button it switches away to the wrong ones again. If it cannot determine where the correct boundaries are then it should just pick one and allow the user to cycle through the options until he/she finds the correct one. Miscrosoft should add the annotate option after the picture is taken to hi-lite, circle, underline or add a quick note to the scanned image.
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  • Aug 25, 2020

    By Budget Innovation
    This is a very useful scanning app. It reliably produces very readable documents once it is known that the outline tool does not have to be perfect at the outset, because it can be adjusted before committing to scan. I often transfer the files to my PC by USB or by data transfer to Google keep. I can not share multiple files at once which is a drawback. Still, this is my scanning app of choice for documents. I have not really tried the app in other modes such as for photos. Almost Excellent.
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  • Great scanning app Jun 6, 2020

    By Apprat0r
    For documents/pictures/whiteboards. I’ve been using office lens for several years now and have been very happy with the flexibility and the accuracy. I’ve tried many scanning apps and stuck with office lens. I have given 5 stars, until the last update. The one thing that took a turn for the worse is the fact that I can’t adjust the borders with a zoomed in view. Previously I was able to pinch-zoom in while adjusting the borders so that I can see exactly where I’m making the border without losing text. With the latest update I’ve lost the ability and need to guess and hope I don’t lose any text. The auto recognition of borders has gotten better, but still is not accurate always. That’s when I want to use the zoom in. Hope the ability gets added back.
    more
  • Aug 26, 2020

    By Armand Burger
    Having to upload the file to onedrive and then having to redownload it just to access it is a massive waste. I nearly failed a test because I could not submit a scan of my calculations within the 10 minute period after the test made me drop this app in favour for "Simple Scanner". This app has always been a favourite of mine but the limitation on imediate access to the scanned document is a massive hindrance. For the final period of my studies I will not be using this app.
    more
  • It Works Aug 26, 2017

    By Xctual
    I was actually impressed by this app. I usually use my normal camera to take notes for class, but this app enhances that. The most impressive thing I noticed about this app is how you can easily take a photo from the sides and it straightens it out with no image issues whatsoever. A minor issue I did notice however is that the user would have to manually turn off the Auto setting for the flash for every picture they wish to take. While this might be helpful for lighting in photos, sometimes in certain situations (such as a dark classroom) the flash would not be appreciated by others and forgetting to turn it off might be a little embarrassing. Other than that, this app seems very well made and works as directed. Five stars from me.
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  • Aug 25, 2020

    By F. P. Malin
    Wow! Just updated! Now it just sucks! Strip of previous images spreads across the screen automatically, blockin the image I'm trying to shoot. Very convenient. App seems to be running itself. Can't capture full image of a document: app is attracted tothe brighest section only. Not interested in trapazoids. Has upgraded from "sucks" to waste of time and effort.
    more
  • Pictures get stuck transferring them. Apr 12, 2020

    By Mekaneck84
    I’m updating my review but staying with one star. There was an issue where the option to create a text box was disappearing but it has been resolved. The issue I still have, which is more concerning, is that some pictures get stuck in the “transferring” state when trying to save them to OneDrive. You’d expect this to be the most flawless option, since I’m keeping the image in the Microsoft ecosystem. But no, after taking a bunch of inspection photos and uploading them to my OneDrive, I go back to the office to find a few of the thumbnails still showing the “transferring” symbol. In this state you can’t view the picture or re-try. Force close the app, reboot the phone, nothing happens. I left them alone in the state for days, and nothing happened. The only option available was to delete the image. Do I call the customer back and ask them to tear apart their machine again so I can grab the pictures I need? I’m sure if I tell them the Microsoft software I was using is buggy, they’ll happily stop production and take their machine down again for me...
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  • Sep 2, 2020

    By Cornelia Riasdita
    I'm late (therefore FAILED) to submit one of my quizzes because this app freezes itself, and I cannot upload the file I saved to ms teams. The file is there in the app, but when I look for it in the file manager, it *poof* doesn't exist. Very dissappointed. Definitely will look for another app. I don't want to fail my online exam because of this failure app 😑
    more
  • This app is horrible Mar 22, 2019

    By ColePar
    Upon initial installation, this app was my lifeline for college assignments but the more I used it the less functional it became. It started without being able to connect to my OneDrive, and then losing camera functionality altogether and now it won’t even run when I try to start it. Absolutely disappointed with the app at this point EDIT: I got a developer response so this is my reply, I’m on iPhone 6s Plus on the latest OS. (Not sure what the number is specifically). I have had camera issues in the past so I don’t believe it is your app not being able to open my camera. But when the app does work, it won’t save any PDFs to my one drive. Even if I uninstall and reinstall. Also even when it doesn’t open my camera, I still have the work around of going through to my camera library, but ever since the last update, the app won’t process me clicking the icons and takes forever to even open it. I’ve never had issues with device operation other than the camera being buggy but all my other apps work fine with no lag whatsoever
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  • Sep 6, 2020

    By Vinay Vashisht
    Seriously, it is not a good choice... Even I don't like adobe scan but still it is way better than this. The photos are not clear in the document mode. Moreover, only four filter options are there which are useless. The only reason for which I have given this two stars is just because of MICROSOFT, Seriously I expected much more from them!!!
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  1. Scan any documents - including handwritten notes, business cards, receipts, and more - and automatically generate digital copy
  2. Choose whether you want to convert your scan to a PDF, Word, or Powerpoint file, and then save to your local drive or to the cloud.
  3. Perfect for students who want to make digital copies of paper handouts or handwritten blackboard notes

Reviewed by Olivia Cordell on May 11, 2018

  • It Works Aug 26, 2017

    By Xctual
    I was actually impressed by this app. I usually use my normal camera to take notes for class, but this app enhances that. The most impressive thing I noticed about this app is how you can easily take a photo from the sides and it straightens it out with no image issues whatsoever. A minor issue I did notice however is that the user would have to manually turn off the Auto setting for the flash for every picture they wish to take. While this might be helpful for lighting in photos, sometimes in certain situations (such as a dark classroom) the flash would not be appreciated by others and forgetting to turn it off might be a little embarrassing. Other than that, this app seems very well made and works as directed. Five stars from me.
    more
  • Aug 10, 2020

    By T Landreth
    First time user, really simple. I can scan my receipts, save as PDF and sync to my Google drive in seconds. I wish there was a bulk sync, so I could select multiple files to sync to Google, but you can still do that step easily when viewing the PDF. I'm sure there are a ton of other features I'm not even using yet. Great for the simple task I have!
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  • Receipts and More! Sep 4, 2017

    By Storm's Other Son
    Of the all the receipts I have already scanned and are still finding, although I no longer work where I used to, as far as their reimbursable policy goes, whether the supplies that, were needed I did not put in for, end up being a post employment donation to write off next year come tax time or they cut me a check, this application is so awesome! Even more awesome is the fact that it is not only for receipts and has different settings for documents, business cards and others! Impressed - does not do this awesome app justice. Surprised by this additional excellence from Microsoft - not in the least! Thank you!
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  • Aug 12, 2020

    By RootWebGod
    I scanned a few documents. The options presented allowed me to save successfully in both JPG and PDF formats, but I wish it was easier or faster to directly save the PDF files into Google Drive instead of only a local folder. Environment lighting of a warmer hue, like 3000 Kelvin, heavily influenced the resulting document color, as if they were in the sun for a long time. Try to scan in an area that has lighting with a cooler color temperature, like 5000 Kelvin, for more accurate representation.
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  • Works well for my college needs Apr 7, 2020

    By chloek200
    I have transitioned to online school this quarter and one of my classes needs daily homework and notes turned in in PDF form. I can easily take a picture of my page and export as a PDF file to my onedrive account I already have for school. Since it is automatically on my computer turning in the assignments is then super easy. Also, I trust this app more than the other ones which seem pretty sketchy to me and haven’t worked well for me in the past. Overall, it works well for this weird transition to online and does exactly what I need it to do.
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  • Almost perfect Oct 17, 2017

    By Easywater
    Everything works well enough for daily uses. I use it to scan and store most paper notes, receipts, documents, magazine clips... Most of the times the app detects the boundaries of the document and automatically crops the scanned image to remove unwanted background. However, sometimes when the contrast between the background and the document is not high enough and/or the light level is low, the app cannot tell where the boundaries are and keeps switching around and snaps on to the wrong boundary lines. I try to move & adjust the phone to different angles & positions to get the app to snap on the correct boundaries but before I can hit the button it switches away to the wrong ones again. If it cannot determine where the correct boundaries are then it should just pick one and allow the user to cycle through the options until he/she finds the correct one. Miscrosoft should add the annotate option after the picture is taken to hi-lite, circle, underline or add a quick note to the scanned image.
    more
  • Aug 25, 2020

    By Budget Innovation
    This is a very useful scanning app. It reliably produces very readable documents once it is known that the outline tool does not have to be perfect at the outset, because it can be adjusted before committing to scan. I often transfer the files to my PC by USB or by data transfer to Google keep. I can not share multiple files at once which is a drawback. Still, this is my scanning app of choice for documents. I have not really tried the app in other modes such as for photos. Almost Excellent.
    more
  • Great scanning app Jun 6, 2020

    By Apprat0r
    For documents/pictures/whiteboards. I’ve been using office lens for several years now and have been very happy with the flexibility and the accuracy. I’ve tried many scanning apps and stuck with office lens. I have given 5 stars, until the last update. The one thing that took a turn for the worse is the fact that I can’t adjust the borders with a zoomed in view. Previously I was able to pinch-zoom in while adjusting the borders so that I can see exactly where I’m making the border without losing text. With the latest update I’ve lost the ability and need to guess and hope I don’t lose any text. The auto recognition of borders has gotten better, but still is not accurate always. That’s when I want to use the zoom in. Hope the ability gets added back.
    more
  • I keep trying others and keep coming back to Office Lens May 31, 2020

    By LongStrangeGame
    Not being a Microsoft fan I keep trying other scanning apps in hopes of shifting. For better or for worse, I download and use other apps for a little while, get fed up with their quirks, and reinstall Office Lens. It’s solid and they actually keep improving it (more than can be said for way too many apps). It’s become very smart about document borders and provides far more output options than most (into photos, pdf, mail, etc, etc). All in all, the most useful doc scanner app yet.
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  • Jul 7, 2020

    By Surabhi Rohith Rao
    It has all the needed options for a scanner. The white board options is far better than any others. But, there is always a place for improvement. Like when we access the app it directly launches the camera. Instead it will be better to have an option to access scanned files first, or ask to view saved files or launch camera.
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  • Aug 26, 2020

    By Armand Burger
    Having to upload the file to onedrive and then having to redownload it just to access it is a massive waste. I nearly failed a test because I could not submit a scan of my calculations within the 10 minute period after the test made me drop this app in favour for "Simple Scanner". This app has always been a favourite of mine but the limitation on imediate access to the scanned document is a massive hindrance. For the final period of my studies I will not be using this app.
    more
  • Not what it used to be Sep 27, 2018

    By TMF-Mac
    This has been my go-to app for some time now, and I ever since I began using it, I became a huge fan and have gotten many friends and colleagues hooked on this app. It used to be a 5-star app, but over the past few months it has become hit or miss on scanning documents. When in document scan mode, you visually see it detect all the edges properly; however, when you snap the image oftentimes it now cuts off a significant portion! What gives? I have deleted and reloaded the app, updated iOS, reviewed all settings, and it continues to happen. Previously this worked like magic. I didn't have to be careful of the angle or anything. I could quickly scan any document without fuss and it worked all the time. Sadly it's now less than 50/50 on capturing the entire document (despite it showing the correct edges onscreen). I am truly sad.
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  • Jul 28, 2020

    By ananya joarder
    Most of the things are good. Few things which can be improved as follows: 1. Sharing multiple files at the same time. If it can be done, please tell how. When I'm going to share multiple files, sharing option automatically becomes disabled. 2. Further, neither I can add pages to a file nor rename the file once it is saved. 3. Swapping of pages within the file.
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  • Aug 30, 2020

    By bennett ferguson
    While this app was very useful the change that forced upload to one drive opposed to saving to your device has greatly impacted my desire to use it. The files downloaded from one drive to my phone no longer have the correct name and as such are hard to distinguish from other files downloaded from one drive via office lens. With this in mind I will go back to using simple scanner.
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  • Great, but serious obstacles... Dec 2, 2018

    By Fatheroftheyear
    This app was a lifesaver for expense receipts when I first started using it a couple years ago. I still use it, but I have 2 major complaints: 1) Using it on an iPhone, the app does not stay logged into my Microsoft account, so almost every time I scan something, I have to retype my password to send to OneNote or OneDrive 2) Saving as PDF or to files is not easily accessible The above to problems make me look for a new app every month or so, but it still solves my needs better than others. I love how easily I captures docs for work and home. I just get annoyed at the extra steps I need to take because they can’t solve the login issues
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  • Sep 6, 2020

    By Vinay Vashisht
    Seriously, it is not a good choice... Even I don't like adobe scan but still it is way better than this. The photos are not clear in the document mode. Moreover, only four filter options are there which are useless. The only reason for which I have given this two stars is just because of MICROSOFT, Seriously I expected much more from them!!!
    more
  • Was Great... Once May 31, 2019

    By Left Angle
    Maybe it’s because my ancient 3 year old iPhone SE updates are interfering; maybe it’s because Microsoft’s updates are making bad things happen, but this once perfect app is no longer so wonderful. The orange outline disappears the moment the shutter button is pressed and the result is haphazard at best. The image captured may be what the entire viewfinder was showing, a portion of what was outlined the split second before the shot was taken or if you’re lucky, you got what you expected. It now takes at least 3 or 4 tries to make a usable image and more than once, I’ve discovered too late that an image I thought had covered the entire document was in fact, cut off at some random line of text. Time for me to start seeking another app. 2 stars because it kinda works... if you’re patient, willing to make several attempts and stay aware.
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  • MUST ADD - Import Business Card Scans directly to Outlook Nov 30, 2017

    By Bors de Ganis
    App works great for scanning documents, but for those of us who have a stack of business cards that we want to scan to Outlook contacts, the process is way too complicated. You can scan the business card to OneNote only and in order to then get it to Outlook you must get to a PC, download the scanned card from OneNote (App or Online) to the PC as a .vcf, then open Outlook and import as a separate file. COME ON MICROSOFT!!!!! Now that Office 365 supposedly allows these office apps to work with each other as never before; it seems being able to scan, save, and import from one Microsoft app to another should be much easier. This app should remove my need to purchase a third-party piece of scanning hardware in order to get business cards into Outlook.
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  • Jul 16, 2020

    By abcfdea bdfuwjf
    Good but with weaknesses. - The quality of the images is bad, no matter the filter. - The edge-finding algorithm is terrible. - When you switch between sections in a single OneNote notebook you still have to wait 30s for it to get all your notebooks from the web every single time. If you need to scan pages into OneNote it's still your best bet. Edit: Subtracted a point because the quality of the built-in scanner of the camera is just so much better while this is actually getting worse.
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  • Cannot handle Impressionism/Pointillism Sep 26, 2018

    By [iPapi]
    Several museums, multiple failures. Can’t render fine brushstrokes or subtle detail of many impressionist paintings (driven crazy by Monet) taken at museums where it’s allowed. Pointillism will come out looking like random clusters of dots separated by big white areas. End up using the regular camera for these. Works fine for others, although the colors tend to look too bright and more exaggeratedly gaudy than in reality. Do not like how it cuts off parts of picture frames willy nilly. If there are more than one flyers posted, it can’t seem to allow you to pick just one to image. Gets confused. This app is nice when it works, but it could use a lot of refinement.
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  • Aug 25, 2020

    By F. P. Malin
    Wow! Just updated! Now it just sucks! Strip of previous images spreads across the screen automatically, blockin the image I'm trying to shoot. Very convenient. App seems to be running itself. Can't capture full image of a document: app is attracted tothe brighest section only. Not interested in trapazoids. Has upgraded from "sucks" to waste of time and effort.
    more
  • Pictures get stuck transferring them. Apr 12, 2020

    By Mekaneck84
    I’m updating my review but staying with one star. There was an issue where the option to create a text box was disappearing but it has been resolved. The issue I still have, which is more concerning, is that some pictures get stuck in the “transferring” state when trying to save them to OneDrive. You’d expect this to be the most flawless option, since I’m keeping the image in the Microsoft ecosystem. But no, after taking a bunch of inspection photos and uploading them to my OneDrive, I go back to the office to find a few of the thumbnails still showing the “transferring” symbol. In this state you can’t view the picture or re-try. Force close the app, reboot the phone, nothing happens. I left them alone in the state for days, and nothing happened. The only option available was to delete the image. Do I call the customer back and ask them to tear apart their machine again so I can grab the pictures I need? I’m sure if I tell them the Microsoft software I was using is buggy, they’ll happily stop production and take their machine down again for me...
    more
  • Sep 2, 2020

    By Cornelia Riasdita
    I'm late (therefore FAILED) to submit one of my quizzes because this app freezes itself, and I cannot upload the file I saved to ms teams. The file is there in the app, but when I look for it in the file manager, it *poof* doesn't exist. Very dissappointed. Definitely will look for another app. I don't want to fail my online exam because of this failure app 😑
    more
  • This app is horrible Mar 22, 2019

    By ColePar
    Upon initial installation, this app was my lifeline for college assignments but the more I used it the less functional it became. It started without being able to connect to my OneDrive, and then losing camera functionality altogether and now it won’t even run when I try to start it. Absolutely disappointed with the app at this point EDIT: I got a developer response so this is my reply, I’m on iPhone 6s Plus on the latest OS. (Not sure what the number is specifically). I have had camera issues in the past so I don’t believe it is your app not being able to open my camera. But when the app does work, it won’t save any PDFs to my one drive. Even if I uninstall and reinstall. Also even when it doesn’t open my camera, I still have the work around of going through to my camera library, but ever since the last update, the app won’t process me clicking the icons and takes forever to even open it. I’ve never had issues with device operation other than the camera being buggy but all my other apps work fine with no lag whatsoever
    more
  • Sep 10, 2020

    By Ashish Kumar Dalei
    There are some steps left to become the best Document Scanner app and these are 1. Include an option to erase some parts of the Scanned page and that erased part will be for filled with the background Colour just like Adobe Scan. 2. Add an option to set the size of the page like A3 A4 etc. and then we have the place the scanned photo on it as per our needs Similarly like Adobe Scan. My humble request to include these features for better user experience.
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