How to Scan & Save a File As a PDF

by Farrah Davis ; Updated September 28, 2017

Items you will need

  • Scanner

  • Internet Connection

Scanning documents to PDF format is possible for many scanner programs and can be done in a few minutes. If you cannot save file directly as a PDF, you can convert it online for free. Either way, you can easily keep an electronic copy of your important documents.

Scan and Save as PDF From Scanner or Online

Open your scanner program and start scanning the document you wish to save.

Once the scan is compete, preview the document and select "Save Document."

Name the document in the "File Name" field.

Select the drop-down box from the "Save As Type" field. From the drop-down box, select "PDF," then save the document. If you do not have PDF as an option, you can save the file as a JPEG image file and convert the document to PDF format online (see "Resources").

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Farrah Davis began her writing career in 2010. She has worked for Harley Ellis Deveraux and Green Dinosaur as an environmental consultant project manager, writing environmental plans for commercial projects. She graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Science in interior architecture and a focus on environmental studies.

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