How to Connect a Scanner to a Computer

This ementes teaches you how to connect a scanner to a computer, either wirelessly or through the use of a USB connection. Fortunately, this process is usually as simple as plugging your scanner into your computer, but if that doesn’t work right away, there are steps you can take to manually add your scanner to your computer.

Method 1 Connecting Wirelessly on Windows 10

1. Connect your scanner to a power source and turn it on (if it isn’t already running) to get started. You must have it turned on in order for your computer to recognise it.

If your computer detects the scanner after they have both been powered on, you will need to follow the on-screen prompts to download any necessary drivers and you will be able to skip the rest of this procedure.

2. Click the Start Logo. You’ll see this in the lower left corner of your screen.

3. Click the settings icon. You’ll see this gear icon on the left of your screen.

4. Click Devices. You’ll see this with an icon of a speaker and keyboard in the second column.

5. Click Printers & Scanners. This will appear in the vertical menu on the left side of the window, and a list of available scanners will populate as a result of your selection.

6. Click Add a printer or scanner. You’ll see this at the top of the window.

7. Select your scanner’s name from the drop-down menu and then click Add device. The scanner you want to add will most likely appear in the list that populates with the manufacturer name, the model name, and/or the model number of the scanner you want to add.

In order for your scanner to be detected, your computer must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the scanner. If you’re using Wi-Fi extenders for either device, it’s possible that the connection will not work.

Some scanners, particularly those that connect wirelessly via Bluetooth, require you to first place them in pairing or discovery mode before they can be used. This can be accomplished by pressing the Bluetooth button on the scanner’s control panel. More information can be found in the user manual that came with it..

Method 2 Connecting with a Cable on Windows 10

1. Connect your scanner and computer together. Connect your scanner to your computer using the USB cable that came with it. Make sure the USB port on your computer is open. If you don’t have the USB cable that came with your scanner, almost any USB cable will work in this situation.

If your computer detects the scanner after they have both been powered on, you will need to follow the on-screen prompts to download any necessary drivers and you will be able to skip the rest of this procedure.

2. Connect your scanner to a power source and turn it on (if it isn’t already running) to get started. You must have it turned on in order for your computer to recognise it.

3. Click the Start logo. You’ll see this in the lower left corner of your screen.

4. To access the settings menu, select the gear icon. On the left-hand side of your screen, you’ll see a gear icon.

5. Click Devices. You’ll see this with an icon of a speaker and keyboard in the second column.

6. Click Printers & Scanners. You’ll see this in the vertical menu on the left side of the window.

7. Click Add a printer or scanner. You’ll see this at the top of the window.

8. Select your scanner’s name from the drop-down menu and then click Add device. The scanner you want to add will most likely appear in the list that populates with the manufacturer name, the model name, and/or the model number of the scanner you want to add.

If any on-screen instructions appear, make sure to follow them. Click Yes if your Windows Security asks you if you want to grant permission for your scanner to instal software and drivers, for example.

Method 3 Connecting Wirelessly on Mac

1. Connect your scanner to a power source and turn it on (if it isn’t already running) to get started. You must have it turned on in order for your computer to recognise it.

2. To access the Apple logo, select it from the drop-down menu. This can be found in the menu bar, which runs horizontally across the top of your screen and contains a number of options.

3. Click System Preferences. This is generally the second listing in the drop-down menu.

4. Click Printers & Scanners. You’ll see this next to an icon of a printer.

5. (If you don’t see your scanner listed, click the plus sign (+). This will be visible in the lower left-hand corner of the window. If, on the other hand, your scanner is listed, you can skip this step.

6. Select your scanner from the drop-down menu. When you select your scanner, your Mac will begin the process of configuring that device so that you can use it with ease in the future.

If you’re experiencing difficulties, check to see if your macOS is up to date.

Method 4 Connecting with a Cable on Mac

1. Connect your scanner to a power source and turn it on (if it isn’t already running) to get started. You must have it turned on in order for your computer to recognise it.

2. Connect your scanner and computer together. Connect your scanner to your computer using the USB cable that came with it. Make sure the USB port on your computer is open. If you don’t have the USB cable that came with your scanner, almost any USB cable will work in this situation.

Using a multiport adapter is recommended if your Mac only has one USB-C port and you need to connect to a USB device.

3. To access the Apple logo, select it from the drop-down menu. This can be found in the menu bar, which runs horizontally across the top of your screen and contains a number of options.

4. Click System Preferences. This is generally the second listing in the drop-down menu.

5. Click Printers & Scanners. You’ll see this next to an icon of a printer.

6. (If you don’t see your scanner listed, click the plus sign (+). This will be visible in the lower left-hand corner of the window. If, on the other hand, your scanner is listed, you can skip this step.

7. Select your scanner from the drop-down menu. When you select your scanner, your Mac will begin the process of configuring that device so that you can use it with ease in the future.

If you’re experiencing difficulties, check to see if your macOS is up to date.

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