How do I Scan Documents on Brother Printer?

Brother printers have often produced multipurpose printers that can print, scan, and perform multiple functions at the same time, making them a well-known business in the printer industry.

Scanning is an essential function or functionality offered by Brother printers, so if you want to use it, follow the steps below to scan a document from your Brother printer to your machine.

Method 1: On Windows

  • Make sure that your scanner is on and connected to your computer before proceeding.
  • Click the Windows logo in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
  • Type fax and scan into Start. Doing so will search for the Windows Fax and Scan app.
  • Click Windows Fax and Scan. It’s at the top of the Start window.
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  • Click New Scan. This option is in the upper-left side of the Fax and Scan window.
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  • Make sure that your scanner is correct. If you don’t see your scanner’s name at the top of the window or the wrong scanner is listed,
  • Click Change. In the upper-right side of the window and then select your scanner’s name.
  • Select a type of document. Click the “Profile” drop-down box, then select the type of document in the drop-down box.
  • Click the “Color format” drop-down box, then select either Color or Black and White. Your scanner may also have different options for colors here.
  • Click the “File type” drop-down box, then click the file type (e.g., PDF or JPG) that you want to use to store the scanned document on your computer.
    • When scanning anything other than a photo, it’s best to select PDF.
  • Change any other options on the page. Depending on your scanner, you may have other options (e.g., “Resolution”) that you can modify before scanning your document.
  • Click Preview. It’s at the bottom of the window. This will bring up a preliminary scan to show you what your scanned document will look like.
  • Click Scan. It’s at the bottom of the window. Your document will begin scanning into your computer using your selected options and format.

Method 2: On Mac

Scanning from a Mac is just as easy as on Windows (arguably, even easier).

  • Open the Apple menu, and select System Preferences.
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  • Click Printers & Scanners.
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  • Select your printer, then click Scan.
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  • Click Open Scanner.
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  • In the Scanner program, you can select the folder to which your scans will be saved by making a selection in the Scan to drop-down menu.
  • To the right, the Size drop-down menu will also let you choose the size of the item.
  • If your scanner has a document feeder and you want to use it, select Use Document Feeder.
  • Click Scan to start your scanning job.

After following the steps listed in the above article, you will be able to easily scan from a brother printer to your Windows or Mac.