How to scan with Office Lens (Android)

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  • Download the latest version of Office Lens from the Google Play Store onto your Android Phone.

As soon as you open Office Lens, you can choose a capture mode.
Swipe left or right near the bottom of the screen to select either Whiteboard, Document, Business Card, or Photo.

Whiteboard: This mode is best used for capturing handwritten notes and sketches on a dry erase board or a similar surface. Office Lens will adjust your images so that the background isn’t too bright and the ink strokes are easier to see.
Document: This mode is optimized for small words that are written or typed on a page or on a note. It’s also great for things like forms, receipts, posters, fliers, or restaurant menus.
Business Card: This mode captures contact information from a business card and saves it to the Contacts app on your Android phone, as well as to Microsoft OneNote. This feature currently works best with business cards in English, German, Spanish, or Simplified Chinese.
Photo: This mode is best used for capturing images containing scenery or people.

After you’ve selected your capture mode , you can either take a new picture with your camera, or import an existing image from your device.
To take a picture with your Android phone, point the camera at the item you want to capture and make sure that the orange frame in the camera outlines the item you want to capture. When you’re ready to take the picture, tap the round Camera button at the bottom center of your screen.

Office Lens lets you edit a captured image before you save it, so it looks exactly how you want.
Tap any of the icons that appear in the upper right corner to begin editing or adjusting the captured image. You can Crop or Rotate the image, change the Capture Mode, or annotate the image with Text or with the Pen.
When you’re done editing the current image, tap the Done (orange check mark) icon in the lower right corner.

If your image was captured in Whiteboard, Document, or Photo mode, you can save it to your Android phone’s Gallery. You can also save the image as a PDF (Portable Document Format) file, or save it to Microsoft OneNote, OneDrive, Word, or PowerPoint. Check the option (or options) you want, and then tap Save.

Note: If you choose to save the image to OneNote, OneDrive, Word, or PowerPoint, you may be prompted to sign in with your Microsoft Account or your Work or School account.