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02-Apr-2002, 07:11 AM #1
Unhappy How to import a scanned doc. to Word
I have a HP computer with WindowsME. I have a simple VistaScan scanner and an HP printer.

I have a document that I need to get into Word so that I can make changes and additions and finally print.

I was able to scan the document and it went to a file called C:\Windows\Temp\TMP2.TiF

But I am unable to copy or drag it into Word. It comes up "gibberish" --- little squares and letters and numbers.

Can you help me. I am a senior and have had to teach myself anything that I know about computers. I am stumped now and really need this skill.

Thank you
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02-Apr-2002, 07:57 AM #2
the scanner output (.tif) is a graphic format, so all you have right now is a picture of the document.

in order to get it into word so you can change it, you need to get the output into a text format, usually .txt or .rtf

check your scanner settings or help file:
look for save as or ocr (optical character recognition) so that the file is saved as something other than a .tif file

also check the scanner software disk or cd for a help file or a readme file

it looks like some models come with software like omnipage which will convert scans into document formats

here's a scanning help page that may assist
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02-Apr-2002, 08:00 AM #3
Hit Insert-Picture-From file and go double-click the graphic.
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02-Apr-2002, 04:45 PM #4
Are you running Office XP?

The reason I ask, is that it includes OCR software built in.

You can go to Start -- Programs -- Microsoft Office Tools and run Microsoft Office Document Scanning.

I have been using Office XP for about 9 months and only found this out last week.
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03-Apr-2002, 05:21 AM #5
All good advice.

Also, you could do a search on for "free OCR" and see what it comes up with.


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