How to Use a Computer for Weighing Scales

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How to Use a Computer for Weighing Scales
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Using your computer in conjunction with a digital scale to weigh items can provide advantages that would not be possible when using a scale alone. These include database programs remembering the weights and measurements of the weighed objects, along with the possibility of instantly scanning the nutritional content of a variety of foods. All this and more is possible with the use of a USB digital scale.

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  • USB digital scale

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  1. 1

    Turn off the computer.

  2. 2

    Plug the USB cable into the "Data" port on the scale.

  3. 3

    Connect the other end to an available USB port on the computer.

  4. 4

    Start the computer and insert the software CD that came with your particular digital scale.

  5. 5

    Press the "Install" option and follow the onscreen instructions to install the appropriate software, preparing the computer to function alongside the digital scale.

  6. 6

    Restart your computer when the installation is complete.

  7. 7

    Open your "Start" menu, click on "Programs," and open the program for your digital scale.

  8. 8

    Press the "Power" button on your scale and wait until it boots up, displaying a "nil" (0.0) reading.

  9. 9

    Place the object to be weighed on the scale and read the display from the onscreen scale software or from the digital readout on the side of your scale.

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