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Chapter 25. Inserting Pictures > Scanning Pictures

Scanning Pictures

If a scanner is attached to your computer, you can use Word to scan images directly into your document. Word uses a program that comes with Microsoft Office, called Microsoft Photo Editor, to manage the scanning process (although your own scanning software performs the actual scan). Photo Editor also is a powerful picture editing program that lets you manipulate scanned (and other) images in many artistic ways.

Scanning with Photo Editor is a two-part process. When you begin the scan, Photo Editor starts your scanner software, which performs the scan. Then, rather than creating a separate graphic file, your scanner transmits the image into Photo Editor, where you can edit it. When you close Photo Editor, the scanned image becomes part of your Word document (although the File, Save As command also allows you to save the image as a separate file). By contrast, when you scan an image with separate scanning software, most people create a separate graphic file for the scanned image. You can import those files into many programs, including Word.


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