How to Put Old Pictures Onto a Computer

In this increasingly digital age, it can be just as desirable to have digital copies of your cherished pictures as physical ones. Putting old pictures on a computer requires that you scan the pictures. Scanning the pictures enables you to create a digital copy of the physical picture that you can view on the computer screen. As long as you have a printer with a scanner or access to one, you can put your old pictures on the computer.

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Install, setup, and connect the printer to the computer if the configuration has not been established already. See "Resources" for further assistance.

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Access the printer's preference portal on your computer's desktop screen. Most printers install an icon on your desktop. The icon will usually bear the name and manufacturer of the printer.

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Press the Power button on the top of the printer to turn it on for scanning.

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Open the top cover of the printer, and place the picture face down on the printer's clear, glass surface.

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Position the picture in the corner where the measuring lines are located.

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Close the top of the printer down and press the "Scan" button on the top of the printer. (This button may either say "Scan" or display a picture of a computer and a printer page.) Once the scanning process is complete, the picture will appear on the computer screen in the printer's preference portal.

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Click the "Save" action or icon at the top of the scanned picture when it loads.

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Choose a name for your scanned picture when the dialog window pops up. Type it in the data form at the bottom of the window, and click the "Save" button.