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How to scan & email a document

Updated February 21, 2017

It is convenient to scan and e-mail a document instead of faxing it. A document that is scanned and e-mailed saves time and money. With just a few steps, you can complete this process from your computer.

Place the document that is going to be scanned face down on the scanner. Press the "Scan" button that can be located on the scanner. Another way to perform a scan is to click on "Start," then go to "All Programs." Move the mouse pointer up to "Accessories." Go down to "Scanner and Camera Wizard."

Click on "Scanner and Camera Wizard." Click "Next." You will be asked to choose a preference. Choose a preference, then click on "Preview" to preview the document.

Click on "Next" after previewing. Type a picture name and the destination where you want to save it. Click on "Next." The document will start to scan. Click "Finish" to complete the scan.

Go to your e-mail account. Click "Compose" to start a new e-mail. Look for "Attach File" and click on the "Browse" button across from it. The "Choose File" window will open up.

Go to the destination where you saved the scanned document. Choose the name of the scanned document. Click on it to open up the file, then click on "Open."

Add the necessary information in the subject line and the body of the e-mail. Click on "Send" to complete the process. The document will be sent as an attachment file.

Tip

Send a copy of the scanned documents to your inbox to keep as reference.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Scanner
  • E-mail account
  • Document
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About the Author

Jennifer Patterson started her writing career as a freelance writer in 2008, contributing how-to articles and other pieces to various websites. She is an expert in the field of computers and health care and attended Miami-Dade community college, where she received an Associate of Science in computer science.