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Q. I bought a multifunction printer a few years ago to print from my Mac, but now I would like to take advantage of the scanner to scan some documents. However, the use of the scanner part of the printer is not immediately obvious. Do I have to download any software?
A. When you installed the driver software that originally came with the multifunction printer / scanner, you might also have added a utility program for scanning. Take a look in your Mac’s Applications folder for programs from your printer manufacturer.
For example, if you have Hewlett-Packard Hardware and installed the default programs during setup, locate a Hewlett-Packard folder containing “HP Scan” and other software for use with the printer. You can also download updated versions for your model from the support area of the manufacturer’s website.
Newer versions of the Mac operating system (macOS Sierra and earlier editions of OS X) can use the Software update function to automatically download the software required for scanning. When your software is ready and the printer / scanner is connected and turned on, you can also scan from the Printers & Scanners area – select the Scan tab above the model name and click Open Scanner to get the scan commands.
Macs come with other scanning programs, too much. The same Image capture software that imports photos from a connected digital camera can extract images from a scanner. Simply select the connected scanner from the list of devices in the program window to get started.
Apples Overview program to view and edit images and PDF files can also manage analyzes; with the scanner connected and a document on the glass, open Preview, go to the File menu and choose Import from Scanner. The image capture and preview should be waiting for you in the Mac’s Applications folder.