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Setting up a scanner

From: Computer Literacy for the Mac

Video: Setting up a scanner

In this movie, we're going to discuss how to set up a scanner on your Mac. But truth be told, if you have a scanner that was manufactured in the last several years, you most likely don't have to do anything to get it to work with your Mac, as long as you're running Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard or later. Whether the scanner is connected to your Mac directly through a USB cable or if it's a network scanner connected to your home or office network, your Mac should be able to see and use it right away. So the first step is to connect your scanner to your Mac or to your network, and then turn it on. That's it as far as the physical setup goes. Now there are two built-in applications you can scan from in Mac OS X. One is called Preview, and the other is called Image Capture.

Setting up a scanner

In this movie, we're going to discuss how to set up a scanner on your Mac. But truth be told, if you have a scanner that was manufactured in the last several years, you most likely don't have to do anything to get it to work with your Mac, as long as you're running Mac OS 10.6 Snow Leopard or later. Whether the scanner is connected to your Mac directly through a USB cable or if it's a network scanner connected to your home or office network, your Mac should be able to see and use it right away. So the first step is to connect your scanner to your Mac or to your network, and then turn it on. That's it as far as the physical setup goes. Now there are two built-in applications you can scan from in Mac OS X. One is called Preview, and the other is called Image Capture.

Both are located in your Applications folder. Both work pretty much the same way. We'll look at the specifics of how to scan in a separate, upcoming movie. But for now, let's just see how we make sure the Mac is seeing the scanner. I'm going to start by opening the Preview. In Preview, choose File > Import from Scanner. If your scanner is connected directly to your Mac, you should see it listed in this menu. If your scanner is connected to your network, you'll have to first select Include Networked Devices. You'll then immediately be able to click File > Import from Scanner again.

Then any network scanner as your Mac found will appear in this menu. So I'll go ahead and select the one my Mac has found. That opens the scanning window. Again, we'll take a look at how to do an actual scan in a later movie. So I'm just going to close this for now. So my Mac is clearly communicating with my scanner through Preview. Let's check out the other application, called Image Capture. In Image Capture, any scanners, or digital cameras for that matter, connected directly to your Mac will appear under Devices. Network scanners will appear under Shared.

Unlike in Preview, I don't have to tell Image Capture to look for network devices first. So that's really the one practical difference between scanning through Preview and Image Capture. I tend to use Image Capture myself, because I can just click to select my scanner, which immediately opens the scanning pane, identical to the scanning window we saw in Preview, and I can begin scanning right away. That's really all there is, in terms of setting up a scanner on the Mac. There really is no setup to speak of, except for physically plugging in your scanner. You don't need to install any of the software that came with your scanner or worry about updating drivers or anything like that. Mac OS X has everything you need build right in.

Now on the off chance your Mac doesn't see your scanner, you may need to visit your scanner manufacture's web site to see if they've released any new software for your scanner. If not, your scanner might be too old to work with the Mac, but again, unless your scanner is a lesser known brand or just really old, you shouldn't have any trouble using it with your Mac.

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Computer Literacy for the Mac

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  1. 2m 49s
    1. Welcome
      1m 9s
    2. Using the assessment files
      1m 7s
    3. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 9m 51s
    1. What's a computer?
      1m 49s
    2. What's inside a computer?
      2m 46s
    3. Laptop vs. desktop computers
      1m 59s
    4. Special considerations when using a laptop
      3m 17s
  3. 20m 58s
    1. Understanding the operating system
      3m 3s
    2. Understanding files, folders, and directories
      4m 49s
    3. Understanding your home folder (your user folder)
      5m 21s
    4. Using your desktop
      3m 11s
    5. Taking out the trash (recycle bin)
      2m 21s
    6. The right click
      2m 13s
  4. 24m 8s
    1. Understanding applications
      4m 24s
    2. Opening and saving files
      4m 10s
    3. Choosing the right tool
      4m 44s
    4. How to learn any application
      3m 53s
    5. Five things that work in all applications
      6m 57s
  5. 36m 22s
    1. Understanding computer ports
      2m 59s
    2. Setting up a printer
      3m 7s
    3. Printing your documents
      4m 30s
    4. Setting up a scanner
      2m 27s
    5. Scanning a document
      6m 15s
    6. Setting up a projector or second monitor
      5m 56s
    7. Using a projector
      3m 43s
    8. Portable storage devices
      3m 53s
    9. Pairing with Bluetooth devices
      3m 32s
  6. 17m 27s
    1. Understanding networks and internet access
      2m 58s
    2. Connecting to wired network
      2m 36s
    3. Connecting to wireless networks
      4m 4s
    4. Working in a networked environment
      6m 15s
    5. Staying protected from viruses
      1m 34s
  7. 19m 31s
    1. Understanding email servers and clients
      2m 11s
    2. Setting up your email application
      4m 15s
    3. Receiving and reading email
      2m 21s
    4. Composing new email messages
      5m 52s
    5. Reply vs. Reply All
      2m 11s
    6. Dealing with spam
      2m 41s
  8. 8m 24s
    1. Understanding search engines
      1m 24s
    2. Conducting basic searches
      3m 51s
    3. Conducting advanced searches
      3m 9s
  9. 24m 21s
    1. Using word processors
      4m 22s
    2. Formatting text
      7m 7s
    3. Using spreadsheets
      3m 36s
    4. Creating a simple data table
      7m 37s
    5. Formatting a data table
      1m 39s
  10. 18m 53s
    1. Importing images from a digital camera
      4m 46s
    2. Storing and organizing digital images
      5m 11s
    3. Basic image manipulation
      4m 10s
    4. Tagging images
      2m 32s
    5. Sharing images
      2m 14s
  11. 10m 52s
    1. Common obstacles in sharing files
      1m 37s
    2. Creating PDFs for document sharing
      5m 35s
    3. Compressing files
      3m 40s
  12. 1m 3s
    1. What's next?
      1m 3s

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