How to Scan with HP software

by Christina Shaffer

One of the major benefits of owning a scanner or all-in-one printer is the ability to convert hard-copy files such as documents and photographs into electronic format. Many HP scanners and all-in-one printers include the HP Solution Center software, which allows you to save a scan in a variety of formats, including PDF, TIF, JPEG and BMP. After scanning the file you can share it with friends or family through email or save it to a disc for backup purposes.

Scanning a Document

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Turn on your HP scanner or all-in-one printer and launch HP Solution Center.

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Place the document face down on the scanner and close the lid.

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Click the “Scan Document” button on the main menu.

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Select your preferred output format, such as PDF or TIF, from the Scan Shortcuts list.

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Click the “Scan” button.

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Click the “Options” button to the right of the File Type field and then use the slider bar to select an image quality. While selecting a high quality produces a larger file size, the image quality will be better. Click "OK" to save the image quality settings and exit the Save Options dialog box.

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Enter a file name for the scanned document in the Basic File Name field.

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Click the “Browse” button to the right of the Save Location field and select your preferred destination folder for the scanned file, such as My Scans or Documents.

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Click “OK” to scan the document.

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Click the “Crop” tab to edit scan. By default, the software produces a scanned image of the entire scanning bed. Click and drag the small black boxes on the corners and edges of the highlighted field to crop the scanned document.

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Click the “Finish” button after cropping the image. The image will be re-scanned and saved according to the edits you made.

Scanning a Photo

1

Turn on the HP scanning device and open HP Solution Center.

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Place the photo face-down on the scanner and close the lid to the scanner or printer.

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Click the “Scan Picture” button.

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Select the “Picture to File” option and then click the “Scan” button.

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Click the “File Type” drop-down menu and select your preferred output format, such as BMP, JPEG or PNG.

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Enter a file name in the Basic File Name field.

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Click the “Browse” button to the right of the Save Location field and select your preferred output folder for the scanned file.

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Click “OK” to scan the photo.

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Click the “Crop” tab to edit the scanned image. Click and drag the black boxes on the corners and edges of the highlighted scan to crop the image.

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Click the "Resize Output" tab and then click the "Resolution" button. Select your preferred image resolution from the drop-down menu and click "OK."

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Click the “Finish” button to re-scan the document and save the edited image to your chosen output folder. Click “Done” when the process is complete.

Tip

  • check To ensure that you receive a high-quality scan, use a soft, linen-free cloth to remove any dust or streaks on the glass.

About the Author

Christina Shaffer is a freelance writer based in New Jersey and has been writing arts and entertainment articles since 2005. Her articles have appeared in "Philadelphia City Paper." Shaffer received a B.A. in journalism and gender studies at Rutgers University.

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