We’re quite used to searching documents by pressing hugely popular Ctrl+F shortcut on Windows. However, when it comes to real world documents and archives, you are either stuck with manually flipping pages or scan the document for creating a digital copy through Optical Character Recognition. Both of these methods are exceedingly time-consuming and tedious. Fortunately, there’s an Android app now that’ll ease this task titled – Ctrl-F.


Ctrl-F is a free application that basically creates a searchable copy of a document you took a picture of. What’s interesting here is that it doesn’t fabricate a separate file alike other similar services out there. The concept is straightforward and intuitive, algorithms embedded with this applications work flawlessly unless you have a really low-end smartphone.


Once installed, fire up the app and you’ll be greeted with a minimalist material-themed interface holding a floating button on the bottom right. Tap that to click a picture which will be followed by a preview screen. The next page will prompt you to crop and rotate the shot, click the blue arrow to proceed when done. It will process the characters which won’t take long, you can then enter a search query to locate a particular string and the app will highlight the text matching your request. Additionally, it also lets you export the copy in PDF format, option for which is accessible from the overflow menu on top. It does get the job done in most scenarios but don’t expect it to recognize your squiggly handwriting.


There a couple more features Ctrl-F provides, the scanned copies will be displayed on the homepage for quick access, you can long-press items to combine into one single document and there are more downloadable languages including regional ones like Telugu, Hindi, and even Math equations. You can even import already existing images. These options are available on the navigation drawer present on the left side. That’s all, Ctrl-F is definitely worth a shot if you regularly deal with papers and such. Don’t worry iPhone users, an iOS version is coming soon.

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Shubham is based out of Ahmedabad, India and is studying to be a Computer Engineer, while specializing in mobile applications. He loves covering what's new in the smartphone space and aims to make it his primary profession some day.