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For Seniors: Modify Your Laptop's Scanner Settings

After you install a scanner, you might want to take a look at or change its default settings — for example, whether you usually want to scan in color or grayscale.

  1. To do so, from the Control Panel, click View Devices and Printers under Hardware and Sound.

  2. In the resulting Control Panel window, right-click your scanner and choose Properties.

  3. In the resulting dialog box, review the settings, which might 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 might take to scan.)

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  4. Click OK to save any changed settings and then click the Close button twice to close the Devices and Printers window.

When you’re ready to run a scan, you 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 manual for the specific procedure to initiate a scan (for example, clicking a Scan or Start button).

After you begin the scan, your laptop automatically detects it and displays a dialog box that shows you the scan progress and allows you to view and save the scanned item.

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