How to Scan Pictures to a Computer

By Launie Sorrels

Scanning pictures is a great way to save photos for years to come. Those important family photos can be stored to a CD or DVD and locked away in a safe place for years to come. This helps to save the integrity of the photos and keeps them from harm. Every scanner is a little different in the way it scans an object. Getting the picture perfectly scanned the way you want it might take a few practice tries.

Step 1

Turn on the scanner. In most cases, turning on the scanner does just that--makes it functional. Some scanners will have scanning software that will open on the computer. The application will not require any input from the user until after the scanning process is finished.

Step 2

Prepare the pictures you want to scan. If you are scanning a single photo, there is no preparation needed. If you want to scan multiple photos to a single, scanned image, place tape on the back of the photos and stick the photos to a piece of white printer paper, spacing them accordingly.

Step 3

Raise the lid on your scanner and place a picture face down. Line the object with the scanner ruler. Usually, the left-hand corner produces the best results. Shut the lid.

Step 4

Press the "Scan" button. Depending on the scanner and the utility software you are using, you might be able to click a scan button from a computer application.

Step 5

View the results. In most cases scanner utility software will show you photos scanned immediately after the scan is finished. The user can see these scanned images in the a folder-like view of the scanner application. In most scanner applications, the user can move the scanned images to other parts of the hard drive and make slight changes to the images.

Tips & Warnings

  • Storing the scanned photo on the computer is not a great idea. The computer hard drive will fill up fast and if your computer contracts a virus, there is a chance that your photos can become infected.