1. Introduction

Scanning is the creation of an electronic digital image of material from a version on paper, photograph, slide etc. If the material being scanned contains text, a process called OCR (Optical Character Recognition) can be applied to the image to extract the text for subsequent use in a word-processing package etc.

Although this document is oriented to users of the Windows PC based scanning facilities in the Help Centre at OUCS, much of its content will be applicable to other similar systems. Further details of particular scanning applications are included in related guides:

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