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How do I scan a document so I can edit the text in a word processing program?

    See below.

    Scanning Using OCR - Windows

    You can use the ABBYY FineReader OCR program to convert scanned documents to editable text.
    1. If you are scanning using the ADF, slide the mode selector to ADF. If you are scanning using the card slot, slide the mode selector to card.
    2. Load your original in the scanner.
    3. Do one of the following to open ABBYY FineReader:
      • Windows 10: Click and select All Apps > ABBYY FineReader 12 Sprint > ABBYY FineReader 12 Sprint.
      • Windows 8.x: Navigate to the Apps screen and select ABBYY FineReader 12 Sprint.
      • Windows (other versions): Click or Start, and select All Programs or Programs. Select ABBYY FineReader 12 Sprint > ABBYY FineReader 12 Sprint.
      You see a window like this:

    4. Select the language used in the document you are going to scan as the Document Languages setting.
    5. Click Scan Document.
    6. If you see the Select Scanner window, select your product and click OK.

      Note: Do not select a WIA option for your product; it will not work correctly.

      You see a window like this:

    7. Select your scanner settings.
    8. Click Preview and adjust the area you want to scan, if necessary.
    9. Reload the ejected original in the scanner.
    10. Click Scan to Document.
    11. Click Finish Scanning and then select the program or format you want to scan to.

      You see the Save As window.
    12. Select a name and a file format for your document and click Save. Your document is scanned and processed into editable text. The file is then saved and opened in an application associated with the file type you selected, if available on your system.
    13. When you are finished scanning, close the ABBYY FineReader window.

    Scanning Using OCR - Mac

    You can use the ABBYY FineReader OCR program to convert scanned documents to editable text.
    1. If you are scanning using the ADF, slide the mode selector to ADF. If you are scanning using the card slot, slide the mode selector to card.
    2. Load your original in the scanner.
    3. Open the Applications folder and double-click the ABBYY FineReader Sprint icon. You see a window like this:

    4. Select your product from the Source list.
    5. Select the language used in the document you are going to scan as the Document language setting.
    6. Click on Scan Images to New Document. You see a window like this:

    7. Select your scan settings and click Scan. Then click Finish Import. You see your scanned image.

    8. Click on the Export icon
    9. Select the program or format you want to scan to and click Next.

      You see the Save Converted File As window:

    10. Click the Export button. The file is saved and then opened in an application associated with the file type you selected, if available on your system.
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