How Do You Use Your Printer to Scan Documents?


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A printer can scan documents by using the native Windows “Fax and Scan” program in a Windows computer. A set up of the drivers is required to scan a document through the printer.

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How Do You Use Your Printer to Scan Documents?
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Some scanners can operate without software installation, but others require software in the computer in use. The software comes with the printer or purchased from the manufacturer of the printer. Ensure that the computer is connected with the printer through a USB cable, an Ethernet cable or, for a wireless printer, through a wireless network connection.

Then, lift the lid of the scanner and put the document face down on the scanner glass, aligning it using the frame of the printer. Make sure that the desired side is facing down on the glass and not on the top side. Next, click on the start button on the computer desktop and click on All Programs, then on Windows Fax and Scan.

Run the scanning program, then press the scan button on the printer. Click the scan button and select the New Scan option that appears in the secondary blue menu at the top of the window. Click the Profile drop-down menu and select the document option to scan the document, adjusting the settings for color, brightness and contrast. Click “Preview” to view the document before scanning. Finally, scan the document on your computer.

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