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Want to scan something using your Windows Phone? Using Vision search, you can use your phone's camera to scan lots of things you see, and then search for those things on the web.

You can scan QR Codes and Microsoft Tags that you see in magazines, online, on signs, or anywhere else. You can also scan text to search, have it translated, and paste scanned text into a message.

To search by scanning a QR Code

  1. Press the Search Search button button on your phone, and then tap Vision Vision icon.

  2. Scan the QR Code by pointing your phone at it.

    Here's a sample QR Code if you want to give it a try.

    Picture of QR Code
  3. On the Results screen, tap the result to get info about the QR Code.

    The information that appears depends on the QR Code and can be a message, contact info, email address, website, or phone number.

Notes

  • When scanning, hold the phone steady, so the image stays in focus. Do this for other things you scan, too.
  • Make sure the QR Code appears completely in the viewfinder on your phone.
  • Some codes might look like a QR Code, but are actually a different kind of code that might not be recognized.

To search by scanning a Microsoft Tag

  1. Press the Search Search button button on your phone, and then tap Vision Vision icon.

  2. Scan the Microsoft Tag by pointing your phone at it.

    Here's a Tag to try if you'd like.

    Picture of a Microsoft Tag
  3. On the Results screen, tap the result to get info about the Tag.

To search by scanning a barcode, book, CD, or DVD cover

  1. Press the Search Search button button on your phone, and then tap Vision Vision icon.

  2. Scan the barcode, book cover, CD cover, or DVD cover to search the web for info.

  3. On the Results screen, tap a result for more information.

To search by scanning text

You can scan text and then search the web using the scanned words you select as the search terms. If you want, you can have the text that's found translated as well. Your phone will have an easier time recognizing text that isn't stylized.

  1. Press the Search Search button button on your phone, and then tap Vision Vision icon.

  2. Hold your phone level and point your phone at the text to scan, tap Scan text, tap the squares for the words you want to use as search terms, and then tap Search.

  3. To see a translation for text that's recognized, tap Translate, and then tap a language on the Translate text to screen.

    If the text you scan is in a language that's different from the one on your phone, it'll be translated automatically to the language that's set on your phone.

To copy and paste scanned text

  1. Press the Search Search button button on your phone, and then tap Vision Vision icon.

  2. Point your phone at the text to scan, then tap Scan text.

  3. Tap More More icon > Copy all.

  4. Open the file, app, or message where you want to paste the text.

  5. Tap where you want to paste the text.

  6. In the text suggestion bar above the keyboard, tap PastePaste icon.

To see previous Vision search results

  1. Press the Search Search button button, tap Vision Vision icon > History.

  2. On the Vision history screen, tap a past result.

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