Picasa Tip: Fill-in Preprinted Forms

One of our Geeks on Tour members recently posted a question in our forum about scanning a preprinted form.  A past Picasa tip explains how you can scan things just using your scanner and Picasa – no scanner software to learn.  This member needed to scan a preprinted form and she was disappointed that she couldn’t bring it into Word and fill in the blanks.

I started explaining to her that you can’t scan a form and then fill it in unless you were using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software and that would be a lot more work.  She would either have to handwrite in the blanks, or find an old typewriter somewhere.

Then I got to thinking … ‘If it was just one fill in the blank, I’d try doing it with Picasa’s text tool!’ (Member Tutorial Video: Adding Text to Pictures)

So, for the fun of it, I scanned a form I had from a doctor’s office and tried using Picasa to fill out the first blank.  Here’s the blank form after scanning it and viewing with Picasa:


It was pretty easy to use the text tool, size and position today’s date to fill in the first blank.  I assumed that you could only use Picasa’s text tool once per picture.  I was ecstatically wrong!

Just click apply after filling in each blank and you can then click the text tool and start over for the next blank.

OMG that was soo easy!


This tip brought to you by Geeks on Tour

Geeks on Tour is a membership website with hundreds of Tutorial Videos on topics of interest to travelers, such as managing digital photos with Picasa, Route-Planning with Streets and Trips, and sharing your travels with a website using Blogger or with friends on Facebook. You can subscribe to our free e-newsletters, or become a paid member and be able to view all of the videos in the Learning Library.




Published by


Chris is a teacher. Although she comes as close to an expert as possible in many areas of computer usage, she can still remember what it's like not to know these things! That means she can communicate with students in a way that teaches and doesn't demean. She really enjoys teaching one-on-one and for groups of people, but she reaches a worldwide audience with her tutorial videos on the GeeksOnTour.com website. She currently travels the country in an RV with her husband, Jim. As Geeks on Tour, they present computer seminars at RV rallies, computer clubs, and Senior Centers all over the US.

4 thoughts on “Picasa Tip: Fill-in Preprinted Forms”

  1. I am amazed at the versatility of Picassa. And to think it is FREE.

    I certainly appreciate your videos on how to use all of the Picassa features. It would have taken a long time to figure them out by myself.

    Thank you!


  2. Chris, I work for my son and we have the ginormous (government) form to complete and cannot do so on the computer ( program won’t let us). We have printed the form and not having a typewrier, were about to fill it in by hand. I showed him your e-mail re:Picasa capability on forms but he is afraid of the Picasa program. Says he doesn’t trust Google software. Anything you can recommend I tell him to put his mind at ease on downloading Picasa?

    Thanks, Marty


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s