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Scanning documents reduced to small image

When scanning documents end result is a much smaller image than original

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  • Anonymous Feb 05, 2009

    I have this same problem

  • ps_poodie Apr 17, 2009

    when i scan, my scanner just reduces the image to part of the document. my printer is a HP photosmart c5300. can somebody please help me

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On Tech Support Forum (www.techsupportforum.com) "Chuckmg" first reported the problem then later posted a solution that he discovered. In part, he wrote the following:

"After studying the problem further, and doing some experiments, I achieved the desired results of importing the scanned images into MS Word, full-size and centered. For others who might run into the same problem, here are the steps::
1. Scan the document and get a preview image
2. Select only that part of the document which contains the desired image without margins
3. note the dimensions to be scanned, width and height
4. import into Word

o In Word 2003
• double-click on the image
• choose the Layout tab.
• For text wrapping, choose Square
• click on Advanced button
• center both horizontal and vertical alignments.
• Select the "Size…” tab
• make sure that the Scale is set to 100% for height and width.
• Click outside of image and continue.

o In Word 2007.
• right-click on the image and choose "Size…”
• make sure that the Scale is set to 100% for height and width.
• Select Picture Tools > Format tab > Text Wrapping > Square
• Click on down arrow under Position
• choose icon with the image in the center."


If you have not already done so, it is also helpful to use the File > Page Setup function to reduce the borders to 0.5". My next task is to figure out how to save these setting as default. Microsoft Word 2003 Help says:

  1. Select the picture that has the attributes (attribute: An object or text feature, such as line fill or text color, that you can manipulate by using drawing tools and menu commands.) you want to use as the default.
  2. On the Drawing toolbar (toolbar: A bar with buttons and options that you use to carry out commands. To display a toolbar, click Customize on the Tools menu, and then click the Toolbars tab.), click Draw, and then click Set AutoShape Defaults.
I followed the above steps, saved the document and even rebooted my PC, but my next scan to Word still comes out in its reduced size.

Best regards,
Bob J.

Posted on Apr 29, 2009

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