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Part 8. Scanning Old Photos > Using a Scanner

Using a Scanner

Using the Scanner and Camera Wizard to Scan Photos

Open the scanner lid and place a photo on the scanner glass, face down.

Close the scanner lid.

Click Start, All Programs, Accessories, Scanner and Camera Wizard.

Click Next.


Windows Me and Windows XP include a built-in scanning program known as the Scanner and Camera Wizard. Although this wizard lacks the advanced image quality and repair features of vendor-provided scanner programs, it works with almost any scanner connected to the USB port.


Check the Scanner

Make sure the scanner is connected to the computer and turned on before you try to scan photos with it.


In Windows Me

To start the Scanner and Camera Wizard in Windows Me, click Start, Programs, Accessories, Scanner and Camera Wizard.

Select a picture type.

Click Preview. After the scanner warms up, it makes a preview scan.

Drag the borders to reselect the picture area selected by the scanner if necessary.

Click Next to continue.


Custom Settings

The wizard scans at 150dpi (dots per inch). If you want to print enlargements larger than 5×7 inches or are scanning a portion of a snapshot, click the Custom settings button to choose a higher resolution, such as 300dpi.


Adjusting Brightness and Contrast

The Custom settings button also lets you adjust the brightness and contrast of the scan.


Zooming In on Your Scan

Click the button to the right of the Preview button to enlarge the selected area. Click the button at the extreme right to revert to full-screen view.

Type a name for the group of pictures.

Click the down-arrow to select a file format.

Click Browse to choose a different location for the pictures if desired.

Click Next to scan your photo.



The name you enter for the group of pictures is also used for the folder containing the pictures. If you scan more than one picture, each picture is sequentially numbered.


File Formats

Use TIF to save the photos with full detail. You can use a photo editor to change the file format and optimize the photo for emailing or Web use. Use JPEG to save photos using less disk space than TIFF. Photos saved using high-quality JPEG settings retain virtually all fine detail but use much less disk space than TIF files. Medium or low-quality JPEG settings discard varying levels of fine detail to use less disk space than high-quality JPEG.

To scan additional photos, click Back and repeat steps 5 and beyond.

When you're done scanning, click Next.

To see your photos and leave the wizard open, click the underlined link.

To see your photos and close the scanner, click Finish.



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