Is there a way to make the text layer of PDF file visible?


Is there a way to make the text layer of PDF file visible?


To see the text layer of the PDF searchable document in PDF Editor do the following:

1. Disable the Background recognition: Tools > Option > Tab Image Processing and disable background recognition option:

2. Open the document in the PDF Editor and ​click the Edit button on the toolbar. Wait until the page is processed.

You can also recognize, verify the text layer and save the document in the desired format using OCR Editor:

1. Run FineReader PDF 15.

2. Make sure that the correct recognition languages are selected: Tools > Options > Languages.

3. Open the document in OCR-Editor: Run ABBYY FineReader PDF 15 and select Open in OCR Editor and choose the document for opening. 

4. Wait until the recognition process is finished.

5. The recognized text will be displayed in the Text pane.
The low-confident characters are highlighted in the text pane. It is also possible to verify the text in the OCR Editor.

In the Verification dialog box, you can review low-confidence words, correct spelling errors, and add new words to the user dictionary. To switch on the verification please click the button Verify​ on the Main Toolbar.

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    I have a similar question, working with a scan of a handwritten diary (1900-1914) in "Deutsche Kurrentschrift". Using a program named "Transkribus", we rewrite the text in modern Latin letters. The result is saved in a text layer under the image when exporting to PDF format. For proofreading purposes and final checks we would like to see the image and our underlying text side by side.

    When I follow the instructions above, FineReader changes the text layer, which is NOT our intention! We want to see OUR text layer without any changes by FR. Side by side with the original.

    Do you think this is possible? I am using FR 15 Corporate version, will soon upgrade to version 16.


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    Victoria Dvornikova

    Hi Christine,

    You can try to use the option Use only text from PDF for PDF recognition mode settings. If it does not help, please create a support ticket by clicking on Submit request button in the top right corner of Help Center. 

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    Hi, Victoria,

    For the moment, we found another solution to show the source image and the underlying text: directly in Transkribus, where we have to insert the changes into their database. Thank you for yor explanations!

    Right now I won't open a formal request on this topic.

    I am impressed by your (and your colleagues') quick and competent reaction!



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