How To Scan a Document to Gmail

By G.S. Jackson

You can use Gmail to send and store scanned documents. While there isn't a direct way to send scanned documents to your Gmail account, you can scan the documents to your computer and attach them to emails in Gmail. Then, you can just send the documents to your coworkers, clients and employees. You can also send the emails to yourself as an impromptu document archiving solution.

Make your scanner is plugged into your computer, and that the scanner's software is installed on your computer.

Place your document in the bed of your scanner and scan the document. Different manufacturers and models follow different scanning procedures; make sure that you follow the manufacturer's instructions to save the file as a PDF or TIFF file as you desire.

Open your Web browser and log in to your Gmail account.

Click the "Compose" button.

Click the "Attach" icon, shaped like a paperclip.

Navigate to and select the scanned image in the File Open dialog window that appears.

Send the email. You can either send the document to someone else by adding their email address to the "To" field, or send it to yourself by adding your own email to the "To" field for archiving purposes.