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Google Lens Can Now Copy and Paste Handwritten Notes

Dave Parrack 07-05-2020

Google has added a number of new features to Google Lens. The headline feature lets you copy and paste handwritten notes from your phone to your computer. You can also learn how to pronounce new words and quickly look up new concepts.


What Is Google Lens?

For the uninitiated, Google Lens is a visual search tool that utilizes image recognition technology. You point your phone at something, and Google Lens will identify what it is. The app will then show relevant information related to that thing.

Google Lens has become more capable in the years since its inception. And it can now identify images, text, labels, barcodes, and QR codes. And Google Lens has three new tricks up its sleeve, as outlined in a post on The Keyword.

Download: Google Lens on Android
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How to Use Google Lens’ New Features

The first lets you copy and paste handwritten notes. This means you can point your phone at notes on paper, and copy them across to your computer. Saving you from having to write them out again to digitize your handwritten notes.


To copy and paste handwritten notes using Google Lens:

  1. Open Google Lens and sign into Chrome on your computer.
  2. Scroll across to the Text icon and point your phone at the text.
  3. Line your camera up, and press the Text button to take a photo.
  4. Either Select All or select the text you want to copy.
  5. Tap Copy to Computer and select the computer you’re signed into.
  6. You’ll receive a notification informing you that the text has been shared.
  7. You can now paste the copied text from your computer’s clipboard.

Google Lens also has a new Listen button that lets you listen to words and phrases out loud. Making it easier to learn new words and how to pronounce them. To do this, just capture an image of the word or phrase you want to learn and tap Listen.

Last but not least is Google Lens’ new ability to quickly look up new concepts. So, when you come across a reference to something you want to learn more about, just point the camera at the term and click the Search button to trigger in-line Google Search.

Things You Can Do With Google Lens

These new Google Lens features are rolling out now. Just make sure you have the latest version of Google Lens and Google Chrome installed on your devices. However, the Listen button is initially only available on Android, and “coming soon” to iOS.

If this subject interests you and you want more articles to read, here are some of the interesting things you can do with Google Lens What Is Google Lens? 6 Interesting Things You Can Do in Google Photos Google Lens lets you discover cool information about any picture, and it's now integrated into Google Photos for Android users. Read More and a list of ways to strip formatting when you copy and paste text 5 Ways to Strip Formatting When You Copy and Paste Text Here's how to copy and paste without formatting on both Windows and Mac using several convenient methods. Read More . Both of which should prove useful.

Related topics: Google, Google Lens, Google Search, Language Learning.

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  1. Chris
    May 8, 2020 at 2:03 am

    I just tried this! As a teacher, I am teaching online, and my handwritten notes on my whiteboard I would have to type and send to the students. Now I just use google lens and it copies everything. this is great! Saves me so much time!

    • Dave Parrack
      May 8, 2020 at 9:39 am

      Brilliant! It sounds like this will save you a lot of time and effort. Keep up the good work.