Users of Microsoft Office Lens will now find a new way to identify and classify the photos they capture through the app.

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The latest version of Office Lens for iOS and Android introduces a feature known as Text Annotations. By using the inking tool, you can now create text and position it anywhere on top of an image you've just snapped. You can apply text to any image whether you capture it as a photo or other type of file.

For people unfamiliar with Microsoft Office Lens, the app serves as a tool to scan and save printed notes, receipts, business cards, and other types of documents. Using your mobile device's camera, you capture an item as a whiteboard, document, business card, or photo. You can then edit and revise the image by cropping it, flipping it, drawing on it, and now adding text to it. When you're done, you save the image as a PDF file or as an editable Word document, PowerPoint slide, or OneNote file. You can also save the image to your mobile gallery or to Microsoft OneDrive.

The purpose of Microsoft Office Lens is to help you electronically capture and store visual records of printed documents to cut down on paper clutter. Drawing on a captured image is a helpful way to highlight certain aspects of it. But the Text Annotations feature could prove even more useful as you can now use words to identify key items and elements in the image.

You can tweak the text you add by choosing from among five different font styles and picking a color, such as red, green, blue, yellow, white, or black. After you've added the text, you can drag and drop it to any spot on the screen. You can also tap on the text to edit it.

Text Annotations is just now rolling out to the iOS and Android version of Office Lens. On my end, the feature is accessible in the Android version but not yet in the iOS app.

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  1. The Microsoft Office Lens has added a Text Annotations feature to let you add text to your captured images.
  2. You can spruce up your added text by choosing from among five different font styles and six different colors.

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