Options: Process

This dialog box serves for selecting settings that affect OCR and processing. It can be displayed in OmniPage, for Direct OCR and PaperPort.

To display this dialog box in OmniPage

  • Open the Options dialog box with the Omnipage tb st options Process Acquire Text Settings button in the Nuance OCR tab in a Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010 application, or from the OmniPage toolbar or use the file menu in WordPerfect or in earlier Microsoft Office versions. Then click the Process tab.

To display this dialog box in PaperPort

  1. Right-click the Microsoft Word icon in the PaperPort Send To bar and select Send To Options…. The Send To Options dialog box appears.

  2. Choose OmniPage 18 in the Convert image to text (OCR) with selection box, then click the Settings… button. The Options dialog appears. Click the Process tab.


The Process panel offers the following settings:

New pages

Insert new pages

Select where you want new pages added to your current document. Choose After last page (default), After current page, Before current page, or Before first page.

Automatically select all manually loaded pages

Select this when processing pages manually. If selected, all loaded pages will automatically be selected. To run OCR, just click the Perform OCR button once.

Skip blank pages

Select this to have blank pages omitted from processing. If you enable this, the saving option Create a new file at each blank page will have no effect.


Provide a setting for the sensitivity of the detection: The default is 50, the range is 0 to 100. A high value means the page must be very clean to be declared blank. This setting affects the Skip blank pages setting and also the saving option Create a new file at each blank page.

Image preprocessing

Apply Enhancement Template

Select an image enhancement template to preprocess images. Select <None> to unload a template.

Enhance manually

Select this to preprocess your image in the Image Enhancement window.

Page rotation

Select Automatic to have OmniPage check orientation and automatically rotate improperly oriented incoming page images by 90, 180 or 270 degrees prior to recognition. All pages are automatically straightened (deskewed) if necessary. Select Right 90 to rotate incoming images by 90 degrees to the right. Select Left 90 to rotate incoming images by 90 degrees to the left. Select 180 to rotate incoming images by 180 degrees. Use the rotation buttons in the Image toolbar to rotate individual images after import.

Despeckle image

Select this to have spots removed from images automatically: choose from Normal and Halftone despeckling.
If it is deselected you can still remove spots from an image manually in the Image Enhancement window with the Omnipage tb ie despeckle Process Despeckle tool.

Deskew image

Select this to have all pages straightened automatically, if necessary.


Allow the program to detect margins and remove oversize blank areas at page edges.

Remove punch holes

Transform punch holes to the surrounding background color.

Keep original image resolution

Select this to keep original resolutions for grayscale and color images entering the program. Do this if you need high quality image export, for page image saving and for images embedded in recognized pages. Deselect this to have grayscale and color images reduced to about 300 dpi.

Clean borders

Allow despeckling and noise removal to work on page margins. This is useful to remove black shadows that can occur during scanning.

Retain features

Retain text and background color

Select Retain text and background color to have colored texts and backgrounds detected and displayed in the Text Editor and available for export. Deselect this if you want color pictures in the document but do not want colored text and backgrounds. The Text Editor allows you to change the color of texts and backgrounds. This option is grayed if Optimize the OCR process for Speed is turned on in the OCR panel of the Options dialog box. Color is dropped if you send your document to Kindle.

Look for facing pages

Select this if you want to scan two facing pages of an open book in one step and then to recognize and store them as two separate pages (as if they had come from two separate scannings).

Look for hyperlinks

Select this to have hyperlinks detected, displayed as functioning links in the Text Editor and available for export.

Retain inverted text

Select this to retain inverted text (white or pale letters on a black or dark background). Deselect this to have inverted text transformed to normal text. This option is grayed,if Optimize the OCR process for Speed is turned on in the OCR panel of the Options dialog box.

Look for headers and footers

Select this to have headers and footers detected and available for export. Deselect this to have headers and footers treated as ordinary text.


Open as image

Select this if the recognized text of a PDF file is not satisfactory. For this option to take effect, reload the PDF file with this option selected.

Use tags

PDF tags contain formatting information that OmniPage can use. The option has an effect only on tagged PDF files. If the automatic layout analysis (paragraphs, tables, graphics) during auto-zoning is not satisfactory, change this setting and reload the PDF file.

Use PDF fonts

Select this to override your font matching instructions, whenever possible, when opening PDF files. OmniPage can read the font list in PDF files and will search these fonts on your system and use them for the converted document.