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My scanner sometimes crops a particular slide but not others. Some scan ok. What is going on?

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Be sure to put the slide in the holder in the proper direction. The opening in the slide holder is rectangular, not square like the slide. If you place the slide in the holder horizontally and the holder window is vertical, it will crop off the sides of your picture.

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