How to scan with Windows 8: You need to scan a document to send via email to your friend but you don’t know how to do it because you haven’t yet found someone willing to set up the scanner on your new PC with Windows 8? Don’t worry, you don’t need anyone’s help. Installing the scanner and scanning a document with Windows 8 is easier than ever.
All you have to do is take five minutes of free time and follow the directions I am about to give you. I assure you that in no time you will learn perfectly how to scan with Windows 8 using your scanner or multifunction printer. So, are you ready to get started?
The first step you need to take to learn how to scan with Windows 8 is to install on your computer the drivers for the multifunction printer or scanner you intend to use to scan documents. If you have recently purchased the device, after the release of Windows 8, you should just insert the disk contained in the scanner / printer package into your computer and follow the instructions on the screen.
If it is a slightly older device, however, you need to search for Windows drivers on the Internet. Typically, the problem is solved in a few clicks by searching Google for something like [nome dello scanner] Windows 8 driveror you can connect to the website of the manufacturer of the device (eg. HP, Canon, Samsung, etc.) and look for the model of your printer / scanner in the latter. Once you have downloaded the driver installation package (.exe), start it by double clicking on it and follow the instructions on the screen to complete the configuration.
Once the scanner drivers are installed on your computer, you have two ways to go scan with Windows 8 your documents: use the classic scanning utility included in all versions of the operating system or contact one of the Metro Appsthat is to applications that run on the Windows 8 Start Screen, suitable for the purpose.
In the first case, all you have to do is go to Startsearch for the term Scanner and click on the icon Windows Fax and Scan that appears in the search results. In the window that opens, click on the button New digitization and follow the wizard to scan documents or photos. If any steps are not clear to you, you can also follow the instructions contained in my guide on how to scan with Windows 7, the steps to be taken are the same.
To scan photos and documents through the Windows 8 Start Screen, you need to access the Windows Store and download apps like HP Scan and Capture, Samsung Printer Experience or Mobile Document Scanner Freewhich allow you to control the printer / scanner without entering the Desktop environment.
For a list of devices compatible with HP and Samsung apps, check out the full description on the Windows Store. Scans must be done via Wi-Fi and not via USB, please. With Mobile Document Scanner Free, however, you can scan photos and documents using the camera of your computer (or Windows tablet), the same function is also found in HP Scan and Capture.
You will see, using them is very easy: just click on the button to start theacquisition of a document or photo and let the applications do the job. You can also set various parameters, such as the quality of the scan, the color profile to be used and much more.