How to Scan Documents With an HP Printer

Updated February 21, 2017

HP (Hewlett Packard) is one of the largest manufacturers of Windows-based computers and hardware. Although HP does make standalone scanners, many of their printers do have scanner and copier functions built directly into the hardware. This can be extremely helpful if you want to save space around your workstation and have room for only one large piece of hardware.

Plug the power cable into the back side of the HP printer/scanner and insert it into a power source nearby.

Connect a USB cable (provided with printer) into the USB port of the printer. This port can be found on the back side of the printer. The exact location is going to vary from printer to printer.

Insert the other end of the USB cable into an available USB port on the computer.

Power on both the computer and printer. In a moment the computer is going to state it has detected new hardware.

Insert the driver installation disk into the computer's CD drive. In a moment the driver installation wizard appears. Accept the license agreement then follow the remaining prompts to complete the driver installation.

Open the top lid of the printer/scanner and lay the document you want scanned flat against the glass, then close the lid.

Select "Start," followed by "All Programs," "Accessories" and finally "Photo and Scanner." This launches a new program and you are asked where you want to import your content from. Select the HP printer/scanner you currently have connected.

Click "Preview" and the printer/scanner makes a quick scan of the content you want scanned. Click "Scan" and the document is thoroughly scanned. You are than presented with an option to save.

Type in the name of the document and where you want the content saved, then click "Save." The scanned document is now saved to your computer.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • HP Printer/Scanner
  • USB cable
  • Power cable
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