You’ve probably encountered with QR codes in magazines, on websites, on business cards, a small black squares arranged in a square with white background. The QR code (QR for Quick Response) is a type of barcode in two dimensions that can be read and decoded quickly. It has the advantage of being able to store more information than a traditional barcode. QR codes can contain a web address, text, a card or an event.
QR codes are most useful on mobile devices such as iPhone and Android because we can easily scan them on the go. But not many people know that you can also read QR codes from your computer with the free QR Code Desktop Reader application.
QR Code Desktop Reader will allow you to see the information in a QR code directly on the screen or in an image file. And if the code is on a flyer, you can always scan the image with your scanner or take a photo with your webcam and then upload it to your computer to use it within this application.
Step 1: From this website download the app for free.
Step 2: Save the file on your hard disk.
Step 3: Once the download is complete, run the file.
Step 4: Click the “Next” button.
Step 5: Select “I Agree” and click “Next” three times.
Step 6: Once the file copy is complete, click “Close”.
Step 7: Once the installation is finished and if the application is not lunched automatically, double-clicking its shortcut in the Start menu or in the list of Windows applications.
Step 8: When application opens up click “From screen” button located in top middle part of your application window.
Step 9: The screen becomes dark. Surround the QR code on the on your screen with Marquee tool and then release the button.
Step 10: The code is then analyzed and the information found within the code are displayed in the “Decoded text” field.
Step 11: To save the results in a text file, click “Save to file”. Note that you can also copy information to the clipboard by clicking “Copy to clipboard”. In this case, you can paste it into another program with the shortcut “Ctrl + V” on your keyboard.
Step 12: You can also import the image directly into QR Code Desktop Reader to see the information it contains. To do that lunch the app again and then click “From file”
Step 13: Select the file that contains the QR code and click “Open”.
Step 14: The code is then analyzed. The information found within QR code are displayed in the Decoded text.
Step 15: To save the results in a text file, click “Save to file”. Note that you can also copy information to the clipboard by clicking Copy to clipboard. In this case, you can paste it into another program with the shortcut “Ctrl + V”.
END OF TUTORIAL. Now you can scan any QR code from your computer even if you don’t have smartphone or tablet with QR reader.
Published on December 7, 2012
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