Instructions for the Canon LiDE 20

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Instructions for the Canon LiDE 20
The scanner light source is a 3-color LED. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

The Canon CanoScan LiDE 20 flatbed scanner scans or copies documents and can e-mail them using the supplied software. A universal serial bus (USB) cable is included for easy connection to a computer so that 48-bit scans at up to 600-by-1200 dots-per-inch (dpi) can be transferred and saved to the computer. Once the CanoScan is acquired, you might have questions about how to set it up and process your first scan.

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  1. 1

    Insert the supplied LiDE 20 CanoScan Setup Utility CD into the computer disk drive. You'll be asked to select the language you prefer. After the language is selected, the CanoScan Setup Utility main menu appears. Use the computer mouse to click the top option from the menu, which is "Install the Software." The install dialogue box appears. Click "Start Installation." Follow the onscreen prompts that appear to complete the install. After clicking the final question "Yes," the computer restarts. Remove the CD.

  2. 2

    Push down the lock switch on the bottom of the LiDE 20 toward the unlocked lock icon to unhinge the scanning mechanism inside the scanner. Lay the scanner down flat with the lid face up.

  3. 3

    Insert the square-shaped end of the supplied USB cord into the back of the LiDE 20 and plug the flat end of the cord into an open USB port on your computer.

  4. 4

    Lift the lid of the scanner and place a document face down onto the glass. Align the top edge with the mark toward the foot of the scanner and close the lid.

  5. 5

    Click "Start," select "Programs," select "ArcSoft PhotoStudio" and "PhotoStudio 5," which is a program included on the Setup Utility CD. PhotoStudio launches. Click "File," select the source, which is listed as "CanoScan LiDE 20" and click "OK."

  6. 6

    Click the open scanner icon at the top of the screen. The scanner starts to calibrate. To the right of the scanner screen, select the type of scan you wish to perform. Choose "Photo" for a 300-dpi scan, "Magazine" for a 150-dpi scan, "Newspaper" for a 300-dpi scan or "Document" for a 300 dpi scan. Click the "Preview" button to display a preview image before the actual scan. The preview page allows you to crop the scan before the document is scanned.

  7. 7

    Click "Scan" to capture the final scan. Click "File" and "Save As" to select the folder to which you wish to store the scanned file. Enter a file name and choose the file type (Canon recommends JPG) and click "Save."

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