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For Seniors: How to Change Scanner Settings

After you install a scanner, you may want to take a look at its default settings or even change them. Fortunately, modifying the scanner settings is an easy task.

  1. Choose Start→Control Panel. Type scanners in the Control Panel search field and press Enter.

    The Control Panel window appears.

  2. Click View Scanners and Cameras.

    You see a list of installed scanners in the Scanners and Cameras dialog box.

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  3. Click any scanner in the Scanners and Cameras area and then click the Scan Profiles button.

    The Profiles dialog box appears.

  4. Select a scanner and click Edit.

    The Edit Default Profile dialog box appears.

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  5. Review the settings.

    These settings may include (depending on your scanner model) color management for fine-tuning the way colors are scanned and resolution settings that control how detailed a scan is performed. (The higher the resolution, the crisper and cleaner your electronic document, but the more time it may take to scan.)

  6. Click Save Profile to return to the Properties dialog box and then click the Close button twice.

    The Scan Profiles and Scanners and Cameras windows close.

  7. When you’re ready to run a scan, place the item to be scanned in your scanner.

    Depending on your model, the item may be placed on a flat “bed” with a hinged cover or fed through a tray. Check your scanner’s manual for the specific procedure to initiate a scan (for example, pressing a Scan or Start button). After you begin the scan, your computer automatically detects it and displays a dialog box showing you the scan progress and allowing you to view and save the scanned item.

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