Scan and edit a document

The From Scanner or Camera option for scanning documents and pictures is not available in Microsoft Office Word 2007. Instead, you can use your scanner to scan the document, and then you can save the file to your computer.

After you scan the document, you can use Microsoft Office Document Imaging to create a version of the document that you can edit.

 Important   The first step is to install Microsoft Office Document Imaging, which is not installed by default.

What do you want to do?


Install Microsoft Office Document Imaging

Follow the instructions based on the operating system that your computer is running.

Windows Vista

  1. Exit all programs.

 Tip   You may want to print this topic before you exit all programs.

  1. Click the Start button Button image, and then click Control Panel.
  2. In Control Panel, click Programs, and then click Programs and Features.
  3. Right-click the name of the Microsoft Office edition that you installed or right-click Microsoft Office Word 2007 (depending on whether you installed Word as part of Office or as an individual program), and then click Change.
  4. Click Add or Remove Features, and then click Continue.
  5. Under Installation Options, click the plus sign (+) next to Office Tools.
  6. Click the arrow next to Microsoft Office Document Imaging, click Run all from my Computer, and then click Continue.

Windows XP

  1. Exit all programs.

 Tip   You may want to print this topic before you exit all programs.

  1. Click Start, and then click Control Panel.
  2. In Control Panel, click Add or Remove Programs , and then click Remove a program.
  3. In the Currently installed programs list, click the name of the Microsoft Office edition that you installed or click Microsoft Office Word 2007 (depending on whether you installed Word as part of Office or as an individual program), and then click Change.

The Configuration Wizard opens.

  1. Click Add or Remove Features, and then click Continue.
  2. Under Installation Options, click the plus sign (+) next to Office Tools.
  3. Click the arrow next to Microsoft Office Document Imaging, click Run all from my Computer, and then click Continue.

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Create a document that you can edit

Scan your document according to the instructions for your scanner.

Before you continue    Convert the file that the scanner created to TIFF format. You can use Paint or another program to convert the file.

  1. Open Microsoft Office Document Imaging by doing one of the following:
    • In Windows Vista    Click the Start button Button image, click All Programs, then click Microsoft Office, click Microsoft Office Tools, and then click Microsoft Office Document Imaging.
    • In Windows XP    Click Start, click All Programs, click Microsoft Office, click Microsoft Office Tools, and then click Microsoft Office Document Imaging.
  2. On the File menu, click Open.
  3. Locate the document that you scanned, and then click Open.
  4. After Microsoft Office Document Imaging runs, press CTRL+A to select the entire document, and then press CTRL+C.
  5. Start Microsoft Office Word.
  6. Click the Microsoft Office Button Button image, and then click New.
  1. Click Blank document, and then click Create.
  2. Press CTRL+V to paste the contents of the scanned document into the new file.

You now have a document that you can edit. Be sure to save the new file so that you don't lose your changes.

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Applies to:
Word 2007