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How to Scan: Windows 8

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Introduction

This document explains how to scan in Windows 8. The Windows 8 operating system already includes scanning drivers for your printer. You can also scan using the HP Scan and Capture app.
The scan drivers in Windows provide a quick path to scan photos and documents. These drivers provide a smaller driver installation, use fewer system resources than Full Feature HP software, and can provide a method to scan if you do not have additional scanning software available.
Use one of the following options to scan in Windows 8. Some of these methods might not work, depending on the printer and your connection type. For instance, if the printer connects to the computer over a network you might only be able to scan using the Embedded Web Server (EWS). Try one of the other methods if the first method you tried did not work.
NOTE:If you are not using the latest version of Windows 8, the information in this document might not match. You can get the latest version from the Microsoft Store.
To scan using Paint in Windows 8, follow these steps.
NOTE:Before you begin, make sure that the printer is connected to your computer.

Video of scanning with Paint

The following video demonstrates how to scan in Windows 8 with Paint.
If you have trouble viewing the video or to view the video in a different size, watch online to learn how to scan in Windows 8 with Paint .
  1. Place the item that you want to scan on the scanner glass, or load it into the automatic document feeder (ADF) if your printer has one.
  2. Right-click the Start button () in the lower left corner of the screen, click Search, and then type Paint.
  3. Click Paint in the results.
  4. Click File, and then click From scanner or camera.
  5. Select your printer, click OK, and then click Scan.
The following scan options and file types are available when you scan with drivers in Windows.
Scan Options
Picture: Color, Grayscale, Black and white
Text: Color, Grayscale, Black and white
Custom Settings

  • Contrast or Brightness adjustment
  • Resolution (75 - 4800 dpi, within the limits of the scanner model)
  • Picture type (Color, Grayscale, Black and White)
Supported file types
.bmp - Bitmap Image File
.jpg - JPG Image File
.tif - Tagged Image File
.png - Portable Network Graphics File
To scan using Windows Fax and Scan in Windows 8, follow these steps.
NOTE:Before you begin, make sure that the printer is connected to your computer.

Video of scanning with Windows Fax and Scan

The following video demonstrates how to scan in Windows 8 with Windows Fax and Scan.
If you have trouble viewing the video or to view the video in a different size, watch online to learn how to scan in Windows 8 with Windows Fax and Scan .
  1. Place the item that you want to scan on the scanner glass, or load it into the automatic document feeder (ADF) if your printer has one.
  2. Right-click the Start button () in the lower left corner of the screen, click Search, and then type Fax and Scan.
  3. Click Windows Fax and Scan in the results.
  4. Click New Scan, and then click Scan.
The following scan options and file types are available when you scan with drivers in Windows.
Scan Options
Picture: Color, Grayscale, Black and white
Text: Color, Grayscale, Black and white
Custom Settings

  • Contrast or Brightness adjustment
  • Resolution (75 - 4800 dpi, within the limits of the scanner model)
  • Picture type (Color, Grayscale, Black and White)
Supported file types
.bmp - Bitmap Image File
.jpg - JPG Image File
.tif - Tagged Image File
.png - Portable Network Graphics File
Follow these steps to scan using the HP Scan and Capture app.

Step one: Download and install the app

  1. From the Start screen, click Store.
  2. Move the mouse cursor or click and hold the top right corner or bottom right corner of the screen. The Charms Bar opens.
  3. Click Search, type HP Scan and Capture in the search text box, and then click Search.
  4. Click HP Scan and Capture, and then click Install.
    NOTE:You might be prompted to type your Microsoft account credentials (for a Hotmail, OneDrive, Xbox LIVE, or Windows Phone account). If you do not have an existing account, a link is provided to create a Microsoft account.
  5. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the HP Scan and Capture app.

Step two: Scan with the HP Scan and Capture app

Use one of the following methods to scan images.
NOTE:The computer and printer must be connected to the same network. If the HP printer is not connected to your network, connect the HP printer to your network with a wireless or wired (Ethernet) connection.
  1. Press the Power button to turn on your HP printer.
  2. Move your cursor or tap and hold the top right corner or bottom right corner of the screen. The Charms Bar opens.
  3. Click or tap Start, and then click or tap the HP Scan and Capture app tile to launch the application.
  4. Move your cursor or tap and hold the top right corner or bottom right corner of the screen. The Charms Bar opens.
  5. Click or tap Settings.
  6. Click or tap Select Device.
  7. Click or tap your HP printer.
    NOTE:When you select a device, it becomes the default device. You can change the default device by selecting another device.
  8. Click or tap the back arrow.
  9. Click or tap Photo Scan Options.
  10. As needed, click or tap Output type, Page size, Source, File type, Resolution, and Compression.
  11. Click or tap Capture Photos.
  12. Click or tap Save.
  1. Turn on your computer.
  2. Move your cursor or tap and hold the top right corner or bottom right corner of the screen. The Charms Bar opens.
  3. Click or tap Start, and then click or tap the HP Scan and Capture app tile to launch the application.
  4. Move your cursor or tap and hold the top right corner or bottom right corner of the screen. The Charms Bar opens.
  5. Click or tap Settings.
  6. Click or tap Select Device.
  7. Click or tap your computer camera.
  8. Click or tap the back arrow.
  9. Click or tap Settings.
  10. As needed, click or tap Output type, Page size, Source, File type, Resolution, and Compression.
  11. Click or tap Capture Photos.
  12. Click or tap the display to capture the image.
  13. If needed, click or tap Crop to edit the image.
  14. Click or tap OK, and then click or tap Save.
Use one of the following methods to scan documents.
NOTE:The computer and printer must be connected to the same network. If the HP printer is not connected to your network, connect the HP printer to your network with a wireless or wired (Ethernet) connection.
  1. Press the Power button to turn on your HP printer.
  2. Move your cursor or tap and hold the top right corner or bottom right corner of the screen. The Charms Bar opens.
  3. Click or tap Start, and then click or tap the HP Scan and Capture app tile to launch the application.
  4. Click or tap Settings.
  5. Click or tap Select Device.
  6. Click or tap your HP printer.
    NOTE:When you select a device, it becomes the default device. You can change the default device by selecting another device.
  7. Click or tap the back arrow.
  8. Click or tap Settings.
  9. Click or tap Document Scan Options.
  10. As needed, click or tap Output type, Page size, Source, File type, Resolution, and Compression.
  11. Click or tap Capture Documents.
  12. Click or tap Save.
  1. Turn on your computer.
  2. Move your cursor or tap and hold the top right corner or bottom right corner of the screen. The Charms Bar opens.
  3. Click or tap Start, and then click or tap the HP Scan and Capture app tile to launch the application.
  4. Move your cursor or tap and hold the top right corner or bottom right corner of the screen. The Charms Bar opens.
  5. Click or tap Settings.
  6. Click or tap your computer camera.
  7. Click or tap the back arrow.
  8. Click or tap Settings.
  9. Click or tap Document Scan Options.
  10. As needed, click or tap Output type, Page size, Source, File type, Resolution, and Compression.
  11. Click or tap Capture Documents.
  12. Click or tap the display to capture the image.
  13. If needed, click or tap Crop to edit the document.
  14. Click or tap OK, and then click or tap Save.
Follow these steps to scan a document from the printer's Embedded Web Server (EWS)
Embedded software that allows you to view printer status information, change settings, and manage the printer from your computer.
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NOTE:The printer must be connected to a wired (Ethernet) or wireless network to access the EWS. You cannot access the EWS with a USB connection.

Video of scanning from the Embedded Web Server

The following video demonstrates how to scan over a network in Windows 8 using the printer's Embedded Web Server (EWS).
If you have trouble viewing the video or to view the video in a different size, click or tap here to play the video on YouTube .

Step one: Get the printer IP address

In order to access the EWS, you need the IP address
A numeric code that uniquely identifies a device, like a computer or a printer, on a network.
assigned to your printer on your network. You can find the IP address in multiple ways, though options vary by printer.
  • Press the Wireless button on the printer control panel to view the network settings.
  • Access the Network menu on the printer control panel.
  • Print a network configuration page or wireless network test page.
For more details on these options or for instructions on finding your printer's IP address, click here to go to the support page for your printer and search for steps to print a network configuration page or to access network information on the control panel.
    If you are prompted for additional information, use the following steps to access your printer support page.
    1. Type your printer's name and number in the search box, and then click Search.
    2. If necessary, select your model in a list of similar printers.

Step two: Access the EWS

  1. From the Desktop, open an Internet browser such as Internet Explorer.
  2. In the address bar, type the product IP address given on the test page, and then press Enter on your keyboard.
    Figure 1: Example IP address in the browser address bar
    Image: Example IP address in browser address bar
    NOTE:Make sure that pop-up windows are not blocked in the browser. If pop-up windows are blocked, a message under the address line explains how to allow pop-up windows. If you try to scan with pop-up windows blocked, the scan fails.
    The EWS\Printer information page opens.
      If a 'There is a problem with this website's security certificate' message displays in the Web browser when you try to open the EWS, or when you navigate within the EWS, click ' Continue to this website (not recommended)'.
      NOTE:Choosing ' Continue to this website (not recommended)' will not harm your computer while you navigate within the printer's EWS. If you encounter this error outside of your HP printer's EWS, your computer could be at risk.
      If the Web browser fails to open the EWS after you click ' Continue to this website (not recommended)', refresh the browser window.
  3. Continue to the next step.

Step three: Scan with the EWS

  1. Browse to the Scan tab of the EWS.
    NOTE:Webscan might need to be enabled before you try to scan. Click the Settings tab and locate Webscan under administrative tools to enable the function.
  2. Specify the document type, color preference, paper size, resolution, quality, and brightness.
  3. Click Start Scan.

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