How to Convert a JPEG to WordPad Text

By Marina Martin

The process for converting an image file, such as a JPEG, into a WordPad rich-text format (RTF) or TXT text file is known as OCR, or optical character recognition. Special software identifies the shapes of letters and numbers in the image and converts them into actual text that you can copy, paste and edit. OCR works best with high-quality JPEG images; if your picture is grainy or blurry, it may be harder for the software to recognize every individual character. Many online services will convert your JPEG into an RTF or TXT file for free.

Visit the Online Document Conversion website ( Click "Register" and sign up for an account with your name, email address and other details. Check your email and click the verification link. Log in with your account credentials. Click "Choose File." Double-click your JPEG image on your hard drive. Select "RTF Document." Check "Send converted file as attachment by email" and click "Convert Now." Check your email for your RTF file, which you can open in WordPad.

Navigate to the OCRonline website ( Click "Sign Up Now." Enter your email address and desired password, then click "Register Now." Check your email and click the activation link from OCRonline. Log into OCRonline with your email address and password. Select your document language, such as English. Select "Rich Text Format (.rtf)" from the "Output Format" drop-down. Click "Browse" and double-click the JPEG file on your computer. Click "Upload." Click "Process" once the upload completes. Click the link to download your RTF file.

Go to the Free File Converter website ( Click the "Convert File" tab. Click "Choose File" under "Input File" and select your JPEG image. Choose "txt" in the "Output File" section. Click "Convert." Click your resulting TXT file to open it in WordPad.