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How to scan a document where it doesn't take so much space? When I scan a contract of 8 pages it is like 13MB. I need it to be smaller like in KB.

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  • ashlynstremp Jun 27, 2009

    I am scanning as a PDF. I just did 2 pages and it was 4MB. That is on gray scale.

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Hello,

One of the main ways to reduce document size is to consider what format you are saving them as.

I just did a sample scan and the following are the results of different formats:

.png - 88 KB
.gif - 108 KB
.bmp - 192 KB
.tif - 196 KB
.jpg - 1.14 MB

As you can see the JPG file is over 10 times larger than the PNG file.

Also make sure that you do not scan as a color scan if it is not needed. The above scans were all scanned in black & white.

I hope this has helped you. Thanks for using Fixya.

Wayne

Posted on Jun 27, 2009

  • Wayne Mineard
    Wayne Mineard Jun 27, 2009



    Another setting that will make a difference is the resolution. Try scanning at 200 or 300 DPI max.

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