How to Scan a Document

March 2018

You want to scan a drawing, a contract, but you can not find the right stuff? So please read this trick, it will guide you through the simple steps of scanning a document.

Scan a Document

You can use software. You choose one from the following list:


This free software allows a large number of artistic change in your photos (masks, frames ...). It can also be used to scan a document.
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How to do it
Open Photofiltre, then click File, then Import Twain and finally Scan Image.

A window opens to adjust different settings (do not hesitate to consult the Help).
When everything is ready, click New Scan.

Windows Photo Gallery

Windows Photo Gallery is a generally provided when installing Windows software. It's a sorting , organization software with slight editing of your images. Nevertheless, it may be convenient to scan a document, such as an old film shot taken from camera.
Open Windows Photo Gallery (Office button and type gallery). Click on File then Import from Camera or Scanner

A dialog window opens so you can choose the scanner (callout 1 in the image). Select the scanner by clicking Import (2).
Note: If the scanner does not appear, check that it is turned on and connected to the computer, and then click Refresh (3).

A new dialog box appears to be able to set different parameters. In most cases there are no changes required in the left part.
  • 1 - The name of the scanner from which the image will be scanned. Click Edit to change scanner.
  • 2 - This option contains:
    • <Ital> Photo </ ital>: parameters 3, 4, 5 and 6 are predefined.
    • <Ital> Documents </ ital>: same (parameter 3 enters <ital> Grayscale </ ital>).
    • <Ital> Last used settings </ ital>: parameters 3, 4, 5 and 6 resume their past values.
    • <Ital> Add </ ital> Profile: to define a new set of values ??for the parameters 3, 4, 5 and 6.
  • 3 - Choose <ital> Color </ ital>, <ital> Grayscale </ ital> or <ital> Black & White </ ital>.
  • 4 - Choose the scanned image format: <ital> JPG </ ital>, <ital> BMP </ ital>, <ital> PNG </ ital> or <ital> TIF </ ital>.
  • 5 - Select <ital> Resolution </ ital> dpi (dots per inch).
  • 6 - Set the <ital> brightness </ ital>.
  • 7 - Set the <ital> contrast </ ital>.
  • 8 - Perform <ital> Image Preview </ ital> to scan with the current settings. After that, you can change the picture frame that will actually be scanned.
  • 9 - Start <ital> Scan </ ital>.

After the click on <bold> Scan </ bold>, the progress of the scan bar appears.

Once this is complete, a window will appear to give a name to the image. Generally, the image is saved in a folder in the Pictures folder, usually called 'Date and keyword" The picture is now ready to be mailed, displayed or edited!

Edit the image destination folder

To change the folder where the image will move:
  • Open <bold> Windows Photo Gallery </ bold>.
  • Click <bold> File </ bold>.
  • Click <bold> </ bold> Options (see the first image of the part 1)
  • In the <ital> Import </ ital>, be sure to change the settings for <ital> Scanner </ ital>


Paint software comes with any version of Windows. Although simple to use, it allows for many quality designs. See how to scan documents with this software.

Open <bold> Paint </ bold>. Click File, then <bold> On camera or scanner </ bold>
Select the device corresponding to the scanner (to identify the needs of the icon of an open half scanner)
<ital> Note </ ital> If there is only one device connected, this window can not be displayed and skip to the next step.

<ital> An error message </ ital> appears if the scanner is not connected or disconnected during operation.

The selection window opens: with the possibility of an <ital> Overview </ ital> and if needed <ital> readjust the frame </ ital>

Click <bold> Scan </ bold> to start the operation. And now the scanned image, ready to be shared by email!
Published by Ambucias. Latest update on March 1, 2015 at 05:28 PM by Ambucias.
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