A simple scan gives an Image[extention Tiff,BMP,JPG -etc] The text is like a photocopy you cannot edit it.
Most scanners come with OCR [Optical Character Recognition] thrown in. As Venennas says there are many types and each works in different ways. Some will take the page and do it just like that Others have to be treated with care ,and a page with columns and panels needs to be scanned each column/panel as a separate page. It is a learning curve.
A scanned item produced an 'image' file[Tiff,Bitmap etc.] This will only produce an image like a photocopier. Sanners are usually sold with OCR [optical caracter recognition ]Software. This scanns an image then concerts it to a text file. They can be quite fdifficult to getto grips with depenting on the particular softeare and the version -like all else it can be a steep learning curve.
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