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March 17, 2019
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New Office 365 Trick: Convert Photo of a table into Excel Table automatically on your Android

By Neerav Bhatt

Anyone who has had to manually create an Excel table from a printed data table knows how the boring and time-consuming this is.

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Thanks to an update for Office 365 those days are over – say goodbye to manual data entry.

With Insert Data from Picture, you can take a picture of a printed data table with your Android or iOS device and convert that analog information into an Excel spreadsheet – with a single click.

New Microsoft Azure cloud image recognition functionality automatically converts the picture to a fully editable table in Excel, eliminating the need for you to manually enter data.

This capability has rolled out for the Excel Office 365 apps on Android and iOS.

I tried it and it worked perfectly. Just don’t use it on confidential business or personal data as the photo information has to be sent to Microsoft’s Azure cloud to be processed into Excel table data.

Step by step instructions how to insert table data from a photo are on the Microsoft website.

Last modified on 17 March 2019 5:46 pm

Neerav Bhatt

Neerav has been interested in Android phones since he bought the 1st one ever released (HTC Dream/G1). He has never bought an Apple product :-) His dream phone would have stock Android OS, fast high-res camera and swappable 4000mAh battery. A high performer in multiple fields, Neerav has worked as an IT Support Analyst, Mainstream media writer/Photojournalist and University Research Librarian.

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  • It's amazing it took this long to add this feature, as OCR has been around for a while now.

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