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How to scan documents with a Chromebook

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Chromebooks have come a long way in recent years. Once considered cheap and very limited computers, these computers have become devices with a full range of choices to meet the needs of most people. This was illustrated when in 2020 Chromebook sales overtook Macs. Because these devices have matured so much, many people use them as their primary computer for work. This means that you may need to use it to scan a document with a Chromebook every now and then. Well, here’s how to achieve it.

How to scan documents with a Chromebook

When Google added native scanning to Chromebooks in April 2021, the process of getting a physical document on your computer just got a lot easier. Let’s start with your Chromebook and scanner turned on and on the same Wi-Fi network, or the scanner is plugged into your Chromebook if it’s a USB document scanner.

  1. Load the document you want to scan into your scanner.
  2. press the All button, between the tab and shift buttons, or click on the search button on your Chromebook.

    Screenshot of the Chromebook home screenSource: Chris Wedel / Android Central

  3. Type to analyse in the search box and click on the Scan icon.

    Screenshot of Chromebook scanSource: Chris Wedel / Android Central

  4. Choose your scanner from the drop-down menu.
  5. If your scanner has more than one scanning method, use the drop-down menu to Source to choose the one you need.
  6. The default location for your scanned file is My Files. If you want to change this, do it in the Scan to menu.

    Screenshot of Chromebook scanSource: Chris Wedel / Android Central

  7. Define the type of file you want the document to be saved as in the File type menu.
  8. Click on More settings if you want to set the color, page size and resolution of your scanned document.

    Screenshot of Chromebook scanSource: Chris Wedel / Android Central

  9. When you are satisfied with your settings, click To analyse.

    Screenshot of Chromebook scanSource: Chris Wedel / Android Central

  10. Once the scan is complete, click Do.

    Screenshot of Chromebook scanSource: Chris Wedel / Android Central

Once your document is scanned on your Chromebook, you can do whatever you need with it. Whether it’s uploading it to your Google Drive, emailing it, or using a number of great Chromebook apps to make edits, the choice is yours.

Part of the beauty of Chromebooks is that the software functionality of each device is the same. This is because Google updates all current devices essentially at the same time without the user needing to do anything other than restart the computer. So whether you’re using a powerful device like Acer’s Chromebook Spin 713 or a great kids’ Chromebook, every computer can scan documents the same way.

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