How Do I Save a Scanned Document as a PDF?

Updated February 21, 2017

You've worked tirelessly on a project and are almost done. You just need to add a document to the project, but only have a printed copy. You can use your scanner to upload the document onto your computer. The scanned document will upload as an image file, but you can convert the image to a Portable Document Format (PDF) file if you have a PDF converter. You can access the PDF converter from the printer settings on your computer.

Place the document on your scanner.

Open the scanner program on your computer and follow the wizard to acquire the image and load it onto the computer. Then save the image on your computer onto the Desktop or a folder of your choice and exit the program.

Go to "My Documents," "My Computer" or "Desktop" to find the document you saved.

Double-click on the image file to open it. The file will open in the default program for image files on your computer.

Click on "File" and "Print." Then select the PDF printer from the drop-down list of printer names and press "OK." You will be directed to save your document as a PDF.

Name the file, pick a folder and click "Save."

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Scanner
  • Scanner program
  • PDF converter
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