How can I get my Canon printer to scan

To scan using a Canon printer, you will need to install the scanner driver and software that comes with the printer. Here are the steps to scan a document or photo using a Canon printer:

  1. Install the scanner driver and software: Visit the Canon support website at (for the US) or (for Canada) to download the appropriate scanner driver and software for your printer model. Follow the instructions provided in the previous answers to download and install the driver.
  2. Connect your printer and computer: Ensure your Canon printer is connected to your computer via USB or wirelessly through Wi-Fi.
  3. Turn on your printer: Power on your Canon printer and ensure it is in a ready state.
  4. Load the document or photo: Place the document or photo you want to scan on the scanner glass (or in the automatic document feeder, if your printer has one). Make sure the document is properly aligned.
  5. Launch the scanning software: On your computer, open the Canon scanning software, which may be called "Canon IJ Scan Utility," "My Image Garden," or another name, depending on your printer model. You can find it in the Start menu or search for it using the search function in Windows.
  6. Choose your scanning preferences: In the scanning software, select your desired scanning settings, such as resolution, color mode, and file format.
  7. Start scanning: Click the "Scan" or "Start" button in the scanning software to begin scanning. The scanner will start scanning the document or photo.
  8. Save the scanned image: Once the scanning process is complete, the software may automatically save the scanned image to a specified folder, or you may be prompted to choose a location to save the file. Save the file to your desired location.
  9. Access the scanned image: Navigate to the folder where the scanned image was saved, and you can now view, edit, or share the scanned file as needed.

Remember to check the Canon support website regularly for updates to your printer's drivers and software, as updating these can help maintain optimal performance and compatibility with the latest operating systems and applications.