First - verify that you have installed the printers software on your computer before connecting it to your pc? If you have not installed the printers software, or do not have the disk to do so - go to Cannons website and download it to your pc. www.cannon.com
. Click on support, then find download drivers/software and enter your make and model of your printer. Follow the prompts to download and then install it.
How do you know if you have or do not have the software already installed? You should be able to find the cannon software for your printer on your desktop. look for the icon.
Once you have the software installed, there are two ways to scan something to your computer.
You can scan from the printer to the pc. Or you can scan from the pc to the printer. What does that mean? It means you can use the printers keypad and send the image to the pc. Or you can open the software in the computer and request the image from the printer. You either send or request but the end result is the same.
The easiest way is to use the software in the computer. Double click on the cannon software on your desktop. Find the "scan" option and click on it. Make sure your printer is turned on and connect and click "ok" to start the scan. The picture will appear on your screen. You can adjust it when its finished.
If you want to try and scan using the keyboard on the printer. press the scan button. The printers display will say "searching for applications" and there will be a delay until it is finished. The printer is searching for compatible applications to send the image to. The choices are usually microsoft word, Adobe pdf, internet explorer followed by any graphic or image software you have installed that the printer recognizes and the cannons default software. When its done downloading the applications, you have the ability to choose which one you want to send your image to. Press the "send to and pick the application you want to use" on the printers display. Then press "enter" or "ok" and the image will be sent to that program and appear on your computer screen.