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How to import a scanned doc. to Word

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by suge, Apr 2, 2002.

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  1. suge

    suge Thread Starter

    Apr 2, 2002
    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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  3. jbcalg


    Oct 29, 2001
    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
  4. Anne Troy

    Anne Troy Anne

    Feb 14, 1999
    Hit Insert-Picture-From file and go double-click the graphic.
  5. Brooks

    Brooks Guest

    Oct 30, 2001
    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.
  6. gbrandwood


    Jan 4, 2000
    All good advice.

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


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