How to Scan Images Onto a Computer From a Canon Printer

By Amy Scott

You can scan images from your Canon all-in-one printer using
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Scanning images into your computer allows you to keep an electronic copy of them for archive purposes or to be sent to other people instantly through email, making this a useful practice for the small businessman. Many Canon printers are all-in-one printers that come with a built-in scanner and can be used for these scanning tasks. If you have a Canon all-in-one printer installed on your computer, you can use it to scan a document using the native Windows "Fax and Scan" program.

Turn your Canon all-in-one printer on and check that it is connected to your computer with the USB cable.

Lift the lid of the scanner and place the image face-down on the scanner glass, aligning it with the arrows around the scanner's frame.

Click the Windows "Start" button, select "All Programs" and choose "Windows Fax and Scan."

Click the "Scan" button and select the "New Scan" option that appears in the secondary blue menu at the top of the window.

Click the "Profile" drop-down menu and select the "Photo" option to scan an image. Adjust the scan settings, such as color, scan file type, resolution, brightness and contrast to your desired values.

Click the "Preview" button to preview the image before you scan it. Click the "Scan" button to scan the image onto your computer from your Canon printer.