How to scan & email an attachment

When you have a hard copy of a document that you want to digitise and send as an attachment, you can connect a scanner to your computer and then scan the file onto your hard drive. Once the file is on your computer, it can be attached to an e-mail and sent to whomever you wish.

Install the software that came with the scanner onto your computer.

Connect the scanner to your computer, using the USB cable. Place the document onto the surface of the scanner.

Open the scanner software on your computer and use it to scan in the document. Save the scanned file onto your hard drive as a PDF file.

Open your e-mail client, such Microsoft Outlook or Apple Mail, and compose a new message.

Enter a recipient, subject and body as you normally would.

Click on the "Attachment" button and navigate to the location where you saved the scanned file in Step 3. Click "OK" to attach the file.

Send the email. The recipients will receive the message and the PDF document, which they will be able to open and view on their own computers.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Scanner
  • USB cable
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Bennett Gavrish is an I.T. professional who has been writing about computers, electronics and the Web since 2004. His work has appeared in the "Nashua Telegraph" and the "Daily Free Press" and on numerous websites. Gavrish received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Boston University.