How to Scan Documents to a Mac

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For the most part, scanning documents to a Mac computer is just as simple as scanning documents to a PC. It requires certain software and a scanner.

Step 1

Install scan software and drivers. Most scanners and all-in-one scanner/copier/printers come with an install disc that should be used to install the software and drivers. Some manufacturers do not include drivers for Mac computers on the install disc. In that case, visit the manufacturer's website to find Mac drivers.

Step 2

Set up the scanner. Plug in the scanner to a power outlet or power strip. Connect the scanner to your Mac computer. Most scanners connect to computers using a standard USB 2.0 connection. Upon connection, your Mac should recognize the scanner and automatically sync it with the drivers and software.

Step 3

Ready the scanner. Insert a document into the scanner. Most scanners require the document to be placed face-down, with the top of the document facing toward the left. Position the document on the scanner according to your scanner's specifications. Close the lid.

Step 4

Scan the document. This can be done in one of two ways. Most scanners have a scan button. If the scanner you are using does not have a scan button, or the scan button is not working, you can scan the document from the computer. Open the software that you installed for your device and click "Scan."

Import the document. A scan only gives you an on-screen preview of the document. You still need to import the document and save it on your Mac computer to be able to edit it or send it to someone. Again, how you import a document will be based on the software that you installed for your device. Most software has an import button located somewhere near the scan button.


  • Be sure to keep up to date with Mac OS X software updates. Many times, software updates feature patches and fixes for printers and scanners.

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