Scan a picture

Using Windows‌ Photo Gallery, you can scan, edit, and organize pictures. The scanned pictures are automatically stored in your Pictures folder, just like pictures that you might import from a camera.

You can also use Windows Fax and Scan to scan documents and pictures, and to fax or e‑mail scanned documents. For more information about using Windows Fax and Scan, which is only available on some versions of Windows, see Help and Support. To see how to scan and manage a picture by using another program, check the Help for that program.

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To scan a picture using Windows Photo Gallery

Before you begin, make sure that you've installed your scanner on the computer and that the scanner is turned on.

  1. Open Windows Photo Gallery by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, and then clicking Windows Photo Gallery.

  2. Click File, and then click Import from Camera or Scanner.

  3. In the Import Pictures and Videos window, click the scanner that you want to use, and then click Import.

  4. In the New Scan dialog box, click the Profile list, and then click Photo. The default settings for scanning a picture are automatically displayed.

  5. If you're using a scanner with a document feeder, click the Paper size list, and then click the size of the picture that you've placed on the scanner or click the size that most closely matches the picture.

  6. Click the Color format list, and then click the color format that you want the scanned file to display.

  7. Click the File type list, and then click the file type that you want to use to save the scanned file.

  8. Click the Resolution (DPI) list, and then click the resolution, in dots per inch, that you want to use.

  9. Adjust the brightness and contrast settings or type the values that you want to use.

  10. To see how the picture will appear when it is scanned, click Preview. If needed, modify the scan settings, and then preview the picture again. Repeat these steps until you're satisfied with the preview results. Some scanners might require you to place the picture in the document feeder each time that you scan.

  11. Click Scan. When the scan is complete, Windows Photo Gallery prompts you to tag the picture so that it's easier to organize or find later.

  12. In the Tag these pictures (optional) list, type a tag name, and then click Import. Windows Photo Gallery displays the picture so you can view, fix, or organize it.

To change where Windows Photo Gallery stores scanned pictures

  1. Open Windows Photo Gallery by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, clicking All Programs, and then clicking Windows Photo Gallery.

  2. Click File, and then click Options.

  3. Click the Import tab, click the Settings for list, and then click Scanners.

  4. Click Browse next to the Import to list, and then browse to the location where you want Windows Photo Gallery to automatically store pictures that you scan.