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How to Install and Use Microsoft Office Document Imaging

Updated on August 26, 2017
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Patrick, a Computer Technician, is a dedicated writer who wishes to make the world better by informing individuals who seek more knowledge.

Microsoft Office Document Imaging Software

It is possible for you to turn the tons of printed (hard copy) documents you have to electronic (digital) files by capturing, storing, editing and reprinting them using Microsoft Office Document Imaging scanning software. But before you use it, you have to ensure that you have a scanner and the Microsoft Office Document Imaging software is installed in your computer.

The Microsoft Document Imaging software program is freely included in the MS Office CD, but depending on how you run the initial Office installation, the Document Imaging program may not be installed on your computer. In most cases, it has to be installed on its own.

Checking if Microsoft Office Document Scanning is Installed

To check if it is installed on your computer, click on start, then my computer. On the scanners and camera option, double click on your scanner.

In the dialogue box telling you to initiate a new scan, check whether you have something reading Microsoft Office Document Scanning. If it is not there, then these are the steps to follow to install the Microsoft Office Document Imaging software program. Remember this has to be done in MS Word 2007 or the other lower versions. This feature was always bundled in with the Microsoft office package from Office XP through to Office 2007 but now for some reason, Microsoft has decided to take it out of the latest version Microsoft Office 2010.

How to Install the Microsoft Office Document Imaging Scanning Software

Follow These Steps For Successful Installation

1. Click on start, control panel and then click on add or remove programs option.

2. Once the add or remove programs window opens, click on Microsoft Office Enterprise 2007 or whichever version you are using. Then click on change.

Installing Microsoft Office Document Scanning

Add Remove Programs Option
Add Remove Programs Option | Source

Select Add or Remove Features

3. You will get a new window with two options:-

a) Add or remove features

b) Repair

c) Remove

Select Add or remove features and then click on continue.

Click on Add or Remove Features

Add Remove Features option
Add Remove Features option | Source

Microsoft Office Document Imaging Options

4. The next window Installations options opens. Here you click on the plus sign of the office tools to view more options.

5. Click on Microsoft Office Document Imaging. You can install the three components; (a) Help (b) Microsoft Office Document Imaging writer (c)Scanning, OCR and Indexing services.

6. To install them, click on the drop down button on each and select run from my computer. Then click on continue.

Microsoft Office Document Imaging

Microsoft Office Document Imaging
Microsoft Office Document Imaging | Source

Your OCR is Ready

7. Wait for a while as the components are installed. Once done you will be ready to scan paper documents, convert them to digital images that you can then store on CD, DVD, or other magnetic and flash memory technology storage media. This software is ideal if you don’t have any software that came with your printer/scanner or you prefer to use software that you are familiar with.

How to Scan Using MS Document Imaging

Follow These Procedures to Scan and Edit

  1. Place the document you want to convert upside down on your scanner area.
  2. Open or double click my computer and then double click on your scanner icon.
  3. In the dialog box for initiate new scan, select Microsoft Office Document Scanning then click okay.
  4. You will get a new dialog box with the message waiting for page from scanner. Then the scanning process will be initiated.
  5. Your document will be scanned and it will open automatically with the Microsoft Office Document Imaging Program. From there on you can copy (for text), copy image (and paste them in word), or alternatively you can use the option send text to word. Sometimes you will be required to do some bit of editing but if the document you are scanning has additional hand writings or is dirty, a lot of editing will be required.

All said and done, you will be able to save some time while using this method rather than wasting time and energy pounding on your keyboard. It could be worse if you are the type of guys who type using one hand and one finger. (Believe me. It is true, there are people who do type like that).

How to Initiate a New Scan

Select Microsoft Office Document Imaging
Select Microsoft Office Document Imaging | Source
Scanning in progress...please wait
Scanning in progress...please wait | Source

Software Successfully Installed

Your final product!
Your final product! | Source

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    • Patkay profile imageAUTHOR

      Patrick Kamau 

      6 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi Gislaine am not a Portuguese but I have translated that post to be "Congratulations on your initiative and kindness, helped me a lot." Just hope am right, thanks anyway.

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      6 years ago

      Parabéns pela iniciativa e pela bondade, me ajudou muito.

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      Patrick Kamau 

      7 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks Vivian for reading and commenting. You are welcome to read more of my hubs.

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      7 years ago

      Well done

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      Patrick Kamau 

      8 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Thanks Lucy. Keep on reading more of my hubs to learn more.

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      8 years ago

      good work continue


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