How to scan & send a document in email

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How to scan & send a document in email
Use your scanner to convert documents to digital files that you can send by e-mail. (E-mail Concept image by wayne ruston from

Sending a document that is not saved on your computer through e-mail can be confusing if you've never done it before. It is as easy as attaching any document and sending it and can be done with a free e-mail service provider. With a few clicks, your document can be sent and will be stored in your "Sent mail" folder for future reference.

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Things you need

  • Scanner

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  1. 1

    Place your document face down on the scanner bed. Press the button that starts the scanning process depending on your scanner or printer.

  2. 2

    Save the scanned file to your computer by clicking "File" in the menu bar at the top of the screen, then choose "Save as." Choose the folder in which you wish to save the document from the drop-down menu in the window that popped up during the saving process. Choose a name for the document, then click "Save."

  3. 3

    Sign on to your e-mail account, then choose "New" or "Compose" to start a new e-mail message. Click on "Attachments" or "Attach." Wait for a new window to pop up, then choose the file you scanned from the folder where you saved the document.

  4. 4

    Wait a few seconds for the file to attach, compose your e-mail message, then click "Send." Your scanned document will now be sent to the recipient's e-mail address.

Tips and warnings

  • Navigation of different e-mail providers may vary, though the process should be very similar with any e-mail provider.

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