How Do I Scan From a Printer to an Email?

By LissaJ

Updated September 28, 2017

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All printers should be able to print emails, but some printers can also add things to email messages in the form of attached documents. If you have a printer with scanning capabilities, you can email pictures or documents, or send signed papers through email. Such printers also work as fax machines.

Open the top of the printer and lay the document or picture face-down on the scanning surface.

Close the lid and open up the program for the scanner/printer on your computer. Most of the time, when you install the scanner/printer, there is an icon for it on your desktop or in the list of programs available through your "Start" menu.

Click "Scan." The printer should scan the document.

Choose "Save As" when the scanned document comes up on your screen, then give it a name and save it on your computer.

Open your email program and select "New Message" or "Compose."

Click "Attach File" in the email document window, then click "Browse" to find the scanned document on your computer. Click "OK" to attach the file to your email. You can then send the email as you normally would.