How to Scan a Document Into a PC

By Steven Symes

Microsoft Windows allows a user to scan documents using the operating system's own scanning wizard instead of interacting. The scanning wizard provides a standardized format for scanning, no matter the brand or model of scanner or multifunction printer you have connected to your computer. Alternately, you can use the scanning software that came with the scanner or multifunction printer, if you have installed it on the computer. If you do not have the device's software, the scanning wizard offers a straightforward way to make simple scans.

Things You'll Need

  • Scanner or multifunction printer

Step 1

Turn on your scanner or multifunction printer. Make sure the USB cord connecting the device to your PC is securely plugged in.

Step 2

Place the document in the scanner's input tray, or place it directly on the scanning glass (if so equipped). Click on the "Start" button and select "All Programs," then "Accessories" and finally "Scanner and Camera Wizard."

Step 3

Click on the "Next" button in the wizard's welcome screen. Click on the button next to the type of document you are scanning, such as "Black and White Picture or Text," and click the "Next" button.

Step 4

Type a name for the document in the first blank field and select the type of file you want to save the document as in the second field. Choose a location on the computer's hard drive to save the scanned document and click on the "Next" button.

Step 5

Wait for the scanner to scan the document, then select "Nothing. I'm Finished Working With These Pictures" and click on "Next." Click on the blue text in the next window to see the scanned document.