Scanning note - Using Nuance Power PDF to Scan in a document as a multi-page pdf on a Windows computer

Install Nuance Power PDF

If not already installed, install Nuance Power PDF software, available from 

Set up the Scanner

 Before scanning  you will need to set up your scanner within Nuance Power PDF. You only need to do this once. Click on the down arrow immediately to the right of the Scan button

and select Scan Settings.

Setup Wizard

Click the Setup button and follow through the Setup Wizard pages to select the scanner you want to use. 


Select Scan multiple pages and a PDF type of searchable. To avoid being prompted for scanner options every time you scan, you can untick the Display scanner dialog box, and enter settings such as DPI here. Generally a DPI setting of 300 is suitable for most documents with reasonable size writing. A higher DPI setting may be needed for small print. Click OK. 

Start Scanning

You are now ready to start scanning. Load the document to be scanned in the automatic document feeder (ADF) of your scanner or, if your scanner has no ADF, place the first page of the document on the glass and click the Scan button at the top of the Nuance Power PDF panel

More Pages 

when the scan operation has completed, you will be presented with the following:

If you have scanned in the last page of the document, you can click No. Otherwise click Yes to scan in further pages. 

Carry on like this until you have scanned in the last page of the document, then click No.

Save the PDF

Click File - Save and navigate to the appropriate folder on your computer where you are saving the files, and enter the appropriate file name e.g. 2010-09-23    Letter John Smith to Peter Brown, click Save and then click File - Close.

NOTE: If you have a very large number of documents to scan in and your scanner has a Scan button, it may be easier to use the Scan button rather than the procedure above. See here for more information about this alternative way of scanning in documents.


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This page was lasted updated in May 2015Disclaimer