How To Use Microsoft Windows Scan To Scan Documents And Pictures

If you are using Windows 10 and have a current model printer with a scanner installed, you may want to take a look at the Microsoft Windows Scanner App (called Windows Scan). I know through experience of assisting others, the scanning software that is often bundled with the printers/scanners is difficult to navigate and understand. Windows Scan is about as simple (and easy to understand) as it gets when it comes to scanning documents, pictures, etc…

The Windows Scan App may already be installed on your Windows 10 Computer; and, if not, you can download it from the Windows Store (see source link below). Once installed, make sure your printer/scanner is turned “on”; and, what you want to scan is on the bed of the scanner. At this point, launch Windows Scan and you should see your scanner’s model name; the source (which is typically a flatbed); and the file type (that provides options to save the scan, such as PDF, JPG, PNG, etc…).  You will also see “Show More”, which will give you additional options such as changing the resolution of the scan. At the bottom of the Window you can then click on “Preview” (to see what the scan will look like) or you can click on “Scan”.  I typically go with the “Preview” selection. Once you click on “Preview” the document or image will be scanned. After it has scanned you will see round handles at the corner of the scanner window. You can move these handles to crop the document or picture down to its’ realistic proportions. Once you are satisfied, click on “Scan” and following the scan the document or picture will open (typically in a software app already built into windows). Typically all scanned documents or pictures are saved to the Windows “Pictures” folder by default.

Once you learn how to navigate Windows Scan, I think you will agree that this app is a real time saver and gets the job done without pulling your hair out.

Source: Microsoft Store – Windows Scan

2 Responses to How To Use Microsoft Windows Scan To Scan Documents And Pictures

  1. David Vanderschel says:

    Many years ago, I was so frustrated with the scanning app provided for my scanner by Canon that I switched over to using the scanning capabilities built into IrfanView. It works nicely and provides a lot of additional handy features. When my Canon scanner failed a year ago, I bought an Epson scanner. Again I preferred using IrfanView to operate it. I did not even know Microsoft was offering such a program. I’ll have to give it a try.

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  2. Ramblinrick says:

    Irfanview is one of my “go to” software programs. It has been around for years…

    Rick

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