How to Scan on a Canon MP470 (7 Steps)

by Amanda Rumble
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Scanners are useful not only in the office, but also in a home environment. Gather those photos that were taken back before the days of digital photography and scan them into your computer to preserve them for a lifetime. You can also scan documents that you don't want to take up space, such as utility bills. Scanners also allow you to preserve items such as report cards or art projects. The Canon Pixma MP470 is a printer, copier and scanner all-in-one.

Step 1

Hook your Canon MP470 to your computer with a USB cable. The drivers will install automatically on Windows.

Step 2

Open the lid for the scanner and place the item on the glass, face-down. Close the lid.

Step 3

Press the "Scan" button on the control panel of the scanner, then use the arrow keys to select the type of document you're scanning. Press "OK."

Step 4

Select whether you want to "Save to PC," "Save as PDF," "Attach to E-Mail" or "Open With Application" using the up and down arrows on the control panel on the front of the machine, then press "OK."

Step 5

Select either "Color" or "Black" to begin the scanning process.

Step 6

Make changes to the file if necessary. If you opted to save the scanned image as a PDF, ideal for documents, there are no changes to make. If you selected to E-Mail the file, your E-mail program should open when the file is done scanning so you can type the recipient and body of the message.

Open the saved image to make changes to it if you need to fix clarity, resize or edit out blemishes. If you anticipate needing to make adjustments to the file, you should select "Open Application" so the image opens in that program when it is done scanning. If you selected to "Save to PC," the file won't open when it's done scanning.


  • Do not attempt to scan anything that weighs more than 4.4 pounds.


  • The maximum size for scanning documents is 8.5 x 11.7 inches and .6 inches thick.


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About the Author

Amanda Rumble has been writing for online publications since 2000, primarily in the fields of computing and technology. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Buffalo in information technology. Rumble also focuses on writing articles involving popular video games and Internet culture.

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