Scan a document or photo with Windows Fax and Scan

Windows Fax and Scan can scan documents or photos. All you need to do is attach a scanner to your computer. For more information, see Install a scanner.

Watch this video to learn how to scan a document or photo (1:29)

To scan documents with Windows Fax and Scan

Before you begin, make sure your scanner is properly installed and turned on.

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click All Programs, and then click Windows Fax and Scan.
  2. Click Scan at the bottom of the left pane.

  3. On the toolbar, click New Scan.

  4. In the New Scan dialog box, click the Profile list, and then choose Documents. The default settings for scanning a document, which you can use or change, are automatically displayed.

  5. To see how your document will appear when scanned, click Preview.

  6. Click Scan.

To scan pictures with Windows Fax and Scan

Before you begin, make sure your scanner is properly installed and turned on.

  1. Click the Start button Picture of the Start button, click All Programs, and then click Windows Fax and Scan.
  2. Click Scan in the bottom of the left pane.

  3. On the toolbar, click New Scan.

  4. In the New Scan dialog box, click the Profile list, and then click Photo. The default settings for scanning a photo, which you can use or change, are automatically displayed.

  5. To see how the photo will appear when scanned, click Preview. If needed, change your scan settings, and then preview the image again.

  6. Click Scan.

Notes

  • You can crop an image before scanning it by clicking Preview in the New Scan dialog box. In the preview area, drag the handles of the cropping tool to resize the image.

  • Some scanners can save individual documents or photos placed on the scanner bed as separate files. If your scanner has that capability, you can select the Preview or scan images as separate files check box. If your scanner doesn't have the capability, this option will be unavailable.

  • Scanned documents and photos are stored in the Documents folder under Scanned Documents. If you create a new folder in the Scanned Documents folder, it won't appear in the Scan view until you close and reopen Windows Fax and Scan, or collapse and then expand the list of folders.

  • To change the default file name for a scanned document or photo, right-click the file name in the Scan view, and then click Rename.

  • To organize your scanned documents or photos, right-click the Scan folder in the left pane, and then click New Folder. To move a scanned document or photo to a folder, right-click the document, click Move to Folder, and then select the destination.

  • You can automatically forward scanned documents to an e‑mail address or a network folder. To choose a forwarding option, click the Tools menu, and then click Scan Routing. Select your preferred option, enter the details, and then click Save.