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How to Turn My Laptop Into a Scanner

Updated April 17, 2017

Scanning a document allows you to convert a hard copy of a document to an electronic version. Your electronic version can be electronically transmitted to others or simply saved on your computer for a variety of uses. Though your laptop computer cannot scan documents itself, an external scanner can be connected to your laptop so you can scan documents or images directly to your laptop. Follow these instructions to scan any document to your laptop.

Connect the scanner to your laptop. Once you connect your scanner to a power source, connect the scanner to your laptop inserting one end of a USB cord into the scanner and the other into the laptop. Ensure that the USB fits properly in the ports on both the scanner and the laptop.

Install the scanner software. Insert the CD-ROM that contains your scanner's software into your laptop's CD-ROM drive and install the software by following the instructions on the screen.

Scan your document. Place the document or image you wish to scan onto the bed of your scanner and then follow the instructions that came with your scanner. You might need to press "Start" on the scanner to scan the document, or enter a command via your computer.

Things You'll Need

  • Laptop
  • Scanner
  • USB cord
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Christina Whitaker began her writing career in 2005 in newspaper journalism. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from UCLA and a law degree. Her legal experience includes work in Federal Court, and civil and criminal litigation. She also maintains a blog on social, pop-culture and cultural matters.