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Chapter 8. The Paper Chase: Upgrading Pr... > Upgrade #2: Installing a Scanner

Upgrade #2: Installing a Scanner

A scanner is useful if you want to convert your old photo prints to digital format. They're also good if you want to store your printed documents electronically. And they're cheap; you can get a decent scanner for around $100–$150.

Different Types of Scanners

A scanner works pretty much like a photocopier, but with the final result being a digital computer file, not a printed copy. The computer file actually contains a digital image of whatever you scanned; with some scanners, you have the option of extracting text information via optical character recognition (OCR) software.


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