Microsoft Excel Can Now Turn Pictures of Your Tables Into Real Data on the iPhone

Posted on May 29, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Microsoft with 4 Comments

In March, Microsoft introduced a really cool feature for its Excel app on Android: the ability to turn real pictures into real, editable data. The idea behind the feature was that you simply need to take a picture of a table (on a paper, or a whiteboard, etc.) crop the picture to fit just the table, and Excel will take the data from that table and bring that into an actual Excel spreadsheet. The feature is incredibly clever and really useful, so Microsoft is now bringing it to iPhones.

Three months after the feature launched first on Android devices, Microsoft today announced that the company is bringing the feature to iPhones. Microsoft Excel for iOS now lets you take a picture of a table, and turn it into a fully editable table within Excel.

Of course, the feature uses AI and image recognition to understand the data on the pictures you take, so the data is bound to be inaccurate or incomplete sometimes, and so Excel lets you “review” all the fields before actually putting it into a spreadsheet.

The feature is available for 21 languages, and you can get it today from the App Store. 

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4 responses to “Microsoft Excel Can Now Turn Pictures of Your Tables Into Real Data on the iPhone”

  1. DaveHelps

    v2.0 feature: Cortana analyses the data and derives the underlying formulae

    v3.0: Microsoft Graph determine the golden source from which the original VLOOKUP was made

    v4.0: the implicit VBA code of the last remaining user-defined function is derived, rewritten as a .NET add-in, published to GitHub and the author is added to your LinkedIn contacts

  2. Daekar

    So... how do you access this function? I've looked at both the Android and iOS clients and I can't see how you do it.

  3. ozaz

    Is there an app that can do something similar with graphs?

  4. sandip2805

    If You Want to Learn Microsoft Excel then this might be helpful:

    Excel 2016 – The Complete Excel Mastery

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