When you’re tired of not integrating scanner software, switch to the simple scan app that came with Windows 10. Dubbed Scan, the new app doesn’t work with older scanners. But if your scanner is relatively new, the Scan app is a refreshing change from complicated scan menus.

  1. From the Start menu, open the Scan application.

    If you do not see the Scan application on the Start menu, click on the words All Apps in the bottom corner of the Start menu. The Start menu lists all applications in alphabetical order.

    Click the Scan app, and the Scan app will appear on the screen. If you are complaining that your scanner is not connected, make sure you have a USB cable connection between your computer and the scanner, and the scanner is turned on.

    If your Scanner is plugged in and turned on, the scan application will list your scanner name, displayed here, and the file type used to save your file. (Most programs widely accept the PNG file type.)

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    Click the Show More link for more options and click Preview to check it out.

    If the application does not recognize your scanner, your scanner is too old. You’re stuck with the scanner’s bundled software – if it works – or, unfortunately, buying a new Scanner.

  2. (Optional) To change the settings, click the Show More link.

    The app’s default settings worked fine for most jobs. The Show More link provides these options for specific types of scans:

    • Color mode: Select Color for colored items, such as glossy pictures and magazine pages. Choose Grayscale for almost anything else and choose Black and White just for line drawings or black and white clipart.

    • Resolution (DPI): For most jobs, the default 300 works fine. Higher solutions (larger quantities) bring more details but consume more space, making it difficult to send an e-mail. A lower resolution shows less detail but produces smaller file sizes. You may need to experiment to find the settings that meet your needs.

    • Save File To: The Scan application creates a Scan folder in your computer’s Photos folder, where your newly scanned images are stored. If you want, you can change the name of the Scan folder or even create a different folder for each scan.

  3. Click the Preview button to make sure your scans appear correctly.

    Click the Preview icon, and the Scan app makes the first pass, allowing you to preview the scan made with the settings you have chosen.

    If the preview is not correct, make sure you made the right choice for your job in Color mode, described in the previous step. If the preview shows a blank page, make sure you have unlocked the Scanner as described in the scanner’s supplied instruction sheet.

    If you scan a┬ásmaller item that doesn’t fill its entirety, look for the dot in each corner of the preview. Drag each circle inward to surround the area you want to copy.

  4. Click the Scan button. When the scan is complete, click the View button to view your scan.

    The Scan app scans your images using the settings you selected in the previous steps and then saved your photos in the Search your Photos folder.

The Scan app works well for quick and easy scanning. But since it relies on simple built-in Windows software, the scanner’s built-in controls won’t work.

If you want the buttons to work or need greater control over your scans, bypass the Scan app, head to your desktop, and install the Scanner’s bundled software. (On some scanner models, Windows Update will automatically install the scanner’s software as soon as you plug in the scanner).

Finally, take a photo of the document with the camera built-in in your phone or tablet for quick and simple scanning. That won’t work well for photos, but it’s a great way to keep track of invoices and invoices.