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How to Scan Documents With an Epson Printer

Updated March 23, 2017

Epson printers come equipped with digital scanning capabilities far beyond the average scanner. Epson scanning devices have several different usage modes, components and editing functions to make sure you get the best duplicate resolution from your original documents. Operating these particular scanning devices usually require minimal technical experience. Basic device configuration and document set-up are the most important elements of scanning with an Epson printer.

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  1. Place the original document you want to scan on the printer's automatic document feeder. (This is the clear surface under the printer's hardware cover.)

  2. Open the Epson Printer portal on your computer. (Epson installs a print set-up module on your computer with the installation of the device's software drivers.)

  3. Click the drop-down bar below the "Mode" setting to select what type of document scan you want to conduct.

  4. Choose a scanning mode based on the three options available for Epson printers. (See Tips for scan mode suggestions.)

  5. Click the radio button next to the colour mode you want for the document. Three options, "Color," "GrayScale," and "Black and White" will be available.

  6. Select the ADF action to indicate the document is placed in the Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) for scanning. This will direct the printer to the document.

  7. Click the drop-down bar below the "Scanning Resolution" settings and select the resolution that best fits your particular document.

  8. Click on the "Scan" at the bottom of the scan settings to send the action to the Epson printer. The scanned document will appear in a new preview window on your computer screen once the scan is complete.

  9. Tip

    "Office Mode" is highly recommended for document scanning. In most cases, "Home Mode" is used for scanning pictures, and items with high resolutions. "Professional Mode" is usually for documents that require enhancements or document/image editing to better the resolution and clarity of the document. Scanning resolutions depend on the document itself. (See resources to help you decide which scanning resolution will fit your document.)


    The Epson printer's software driver must be installed on your computer. Otherwise, all of the scan settings and actions will unavailable. (See the "List of Scanning Devices and User Manuals" resource below as manuals and software drivers are available for Epson model printers.) The printer's A/C adaptor must be plugged into a wall outlet and the printer's USB sync cable must be properly connected to the computer for the scanning actions to be detected by the printer. You can only scan one page at a time, even if the document has multiple pages. While Epson does have printers will double-sided scanning capabilities, most do not come with this feature. For information on scanning such documents, see the "Resources" section for Epson model lists and user manuals.

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About the Author

Meaghan Ellis

Meaghan Ellis has been writing short stories, newspaper articles, Web content and product research reports for over 12 years. While double majoring in business management and marketing at Southern University, she runs a home-based graphic design and Web content business.

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