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Google is now widely rolling out Google Lens to Google Photos via desktop Web browsers, to allow copy text from images

Earlier this functionality was available to the mobile app only

Last year Google rolled out AI features for its Google Photos app, which includes allowing users to search for text within the photos as well as screenshots. The Google Lens feature permits the user to copy the text that appears in the photos and paste that text onto a document or a note also known as OCR. Now in a new development, the search giant is extending this feature for Google Photos on desktop Web browsers. 

According to a report by 9to5Google the tech major is now making Google Lens available for Google Photos on desktop Web browsers. This will allow users to use the feature to copy the text in the images or screenshots and further paste it into a document or a note file. The functionality used in optical character recognition (OCR) is capable of copying text from any image. The option to copy the text from the image will appear on the left along with other options such as share, edit, zoom and others. 

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Once you find the photo you’re looking for, click the Lens button to easily copy and paste the text. Earlier this feature was available for the mobile-based app version on Android and iOS both, but now the AI-powered Lens camera identifies the context of a picture. The functionality is now widely rolled out to the desktop web inside Google Photos, too.  

As per the publisher, the AI feature does not help people explore their images and memories. When you open an image including words will show up a “Copy text from image” suggestion chip that features the Lens logo as well as the remove button. Tapping on it will enable the Google Lens with the same analysis animation of pulsating dots appearing over the picture for a brief second. Moreover, you can also “Deselect text” from the top-right corner in order to just highlight specific passages and copy with a floating button over the image.

Whereas for the mobile platform, you need to tap on the search bar and type the text that you are searching for. For instance, you are looking for a photo that you took some time ago of a name card. All you have to do is type the name in the search bar.

When doing so Google will show up the text found within the image then tap on it. Then you need to tap on the Google lens button placed at the bottom of the screen. Now whatever you have searched will appear in a text highlighted in the photo or the screenshot. Tap on the text that you searched, copy the text and paste it on the document or a note or either on the web browser. 

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Komila is one of the most spirited tech writers at Gadget Bridge. Always up for a new challenge, she is an expert at dissecting technology and getting to its core. She loves to tinker with new mobile phones, tablets and headphones.

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