Changing your Photo Scanner Settings

Modifying scanner settings is an easy enough task. As there are lots of types of scanners and various ways of accessing the settings so I will stick to the most generic approach.

Mind you…. you could always use a search engine to find the exact scanner settings tutorial or manual. Just type in your “make and model” and keywords “change scanner settings”


The approach below is for Windows PCs:


  1. Choose Start→Control Panel. Type scanners in the Control Panel search field and press Enter.

The Control Panel window appears.

  1. Click View Scanners and Cameras.

You see a list of installed scanners in the Scanners and Cameras ..etc

scanner dialog box

  1. Click on your scanner in the Scanners and Cameras area and then click the Scan Profiles button.

The Profiles dialog box appears.

  1. Click Edit.

The Edit Default Profile dialog box appears.

scanner settings

  1. Review the settings.

These settings may include (depending on your scanner model) colour management for fine-tuning the way colours are scanned and resolution settings that control how detailed a scan is performed. (The higher the resolution, the crisper and cleaner your photo will be, but the more time it may take to scan.)

  1. Click Save Profile to return to the Properties dialog box and then click the Close button twice.

The Profiles & Scanners and Cameras windows will close.

  1. When you’re ready to run a scan, place the item to be scanned in your scanner.

Depending on your model, the item may be placed on a flat “bed” with a hinged cover or fed through a tray. Check your scanner’s manual for the specific procedure to initiate a scan (for example, pressing a Scan or Start button). After you begin the scan, your computer automatically detects it and displays a dialog box showing you the scan progress and allowing you to view and save the scanned item.


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