How to scan in Windows 8 (with images)

How to scan in Windows 8 (with images)
How to scan in Windows 8 (with images)
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Windows 7 and Windows 8 systems come with their own scanning program. Thanks to this feature, you will be able to manage everything, scanning of course, but also saving and sending your newly scanned files.

Steps

Before you start

Scan in Windows 8 Step 1

Step 1. Make sure your scanner is plugged into your computer and turned on

Your scanner usually comes with two cords:

  • a USB cable to plug into a USB port on your computer,
  • a power cord to plug into an electrical outlet.
  • Note: some recent scanners work in Bluetooth and therefore do not need a USB cable, like a WiFi connection, to connect to the computer.
Scan in Windows 8 Step 2

Step 2. Place the image or document to be scanned against the scanner glass

On the latter, you will see marks (hatching) which help you to position the document correctly.

Scan in Windows 8 Step 3

Step 3. If you don't have a scanner yet, you will need to install one

Click here to see the scanner installation instructions.

Scan in Windows 8 Step 4

Step 4. If you have used a scanner before, click here to skip the installation step

Part 1 of 5: install the scanner

Scan in Windows 8 Step 5

Step 1. Make sure your scanner is compatible with Windows 8

To do this, click here to go to the "Windows Compatibility Center". There, you will enter the reference of your scanner and you will click on To research.

If your scanner is not compatible with Windows 8, you will not be able to install it

Scan in Windows 8 Step 6

Step 2. Make sure your scanner is properly installed

Move the mouse cursor to one of the right corners of the screen, then click Settings. Then click on Change PC settings. Click on PC and peripherals. If your scanner is installed, its name will appear under the heading Printers.

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Step 3. If your scanner does not appear, click + Add a device

Installing a scanner is quite similar to installing a printer

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Step 4. Locate your scanner in the list and click on its name to install it

Part 2 of 5: Open Windows Fax and Scan

Scan in Windows 8 Step 9

Step 1. Click the Start button

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Step 2. Type "scan"

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Step 3. Click Windows Fax and Scan

Part 3 of 5: scan an image

Scan in Windows 8 Step 12

Step 1. Start a new scan

Check that your scanner is properly connected to the computer and that the document (or image) is securely seated in the scanner.

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Step 2. Click New Scan

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Step 3. Choose the type of document you are going to scan

In the window New digitization, click on the drop-down menu titled Profiles, then click Photo, if you are scanning a photo. For a document, click Documents.

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Step 4. Also choose the format of the scanned image

Click on the drop-down menu titled File type, then choose the size of the scanned image.

If you do not know in which format to save your file, opt for a.png" /> Scan in Windows 8 Step 16

Step 5. Click Preview

You will then see a preview of the scanned image (or document).

  • If you want to resize the image, use the corner handles by clicking the mouse and dragging these handles.
  • If the preview is too pixelated, increase the resolution in the field Resolution (DPI).
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Step 6. Click Scan

Part 4 of 5: Save the scanned image

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Step 1. Rename your file

Right-click on the scanned image, and then click Rename. In the dialog box that appears, in the field New title, enter a meaningful name, then click OK.

  • The default name is Picture.
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Step 2. Save the file to the location you want

Right-click on the scanned image, and then click Save as … In the dialog box that appears, select the destination folder, rename your file, then click on Save.

  • The default destination folder is the folder Digitized documents which is in the folder Pictures.

Part 5 of 5: Email the Scanned Image

Scan in Windows 8 Step 20

Step 1. Send your scanned image to your email software

Right-click on the scanned image, and then click Send to. Then click on Recipient.

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