I got to scan one page of my Grandfather Joseph Beaugh`s 1909 jounal

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after much work I was finally able to scan  & send to paint [ only one I could get it to come out in ]  where I could read a little - wanted to put it in memory of G. F.  profile but now I cannot find it  & I really do not want to try to scan again so I am back to square one

is there a simple way to put it in a file on my desktop ? & if so - could you explain to me - step by step - how to do this - Martha
in The Tree House by Martha Leger G2G6 Mach 2 (26.8k points)
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I probably know just enough about scanning documents to be dangerous, but it seems to me that scanning would be the way to go.  The only other way I can think of to convert an old journal into electronic files would be to photograph each page and save it as a .jpg or .png file.  I doubt if that would give you very good results.

If you have a scanner hooked to your computer, you should be able to find a 'Settings' menu that will let you choose the resolution of the scans, the file format you want (I'd suggest .pdf), and where to put the files.  You can open a new folder on your desktop and put the files there if you wish.  (I don't use Paint, and I'm not sure what file formats that supports or what it does with your files.)  If you're not able to get it going, you can probably take your journal to a local copy shop and get them to scan the pages for you.  The cost per page (or perhaps a one-time startup charge, plus per page charge) shouldn't be all that outrageous.  Take your flash drive with you and have them put the files on that, then you can transfer them to wherever you want.
by Dennis Barton G2G6 Pilot (275k points)
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thanks- for all your help -& the way you really tried to explain it all to me -  I did scan & had to send it to paint program where I could read some of it. but tried to save it but it did not save & when I got out of Paint program - I could no longer open it again - name of file shows up but when I tried to open it -went to my documents but will not open file where I could read it. - I also tried saving in wordpad but when open - only a few words or few numbers come up --[ now I cannot  delete those files from wordpad  ] I wanted to copy to memory in my Grandfather`s profile but never found a way - not sure can take it to a copy shop -we are homebound & in  our 80`s bad when you get old !! - will continue to try & may have to give up

Martha

I did check my pictures folder & other places  as  George said but cannot find it there either
also named it in save as & tried to save on desktop but it did not save on desktop as someone else said to do - what could I be doing wrong ?? I have saved many files before but it may be first time I scanned text. [[ have scanned & saved pictures -- but hard to remember what I did  after it has been a while - memory not what it used to be

      Martha
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Your scanner software probably stored it in your pictures folder in a folder with the date you made the scan.

When you scan something you should have the option of telling the software where to save it.
by George Fulton G2G6 Pilot (211k points)
when the scanner gets to the part where i wants to save - the drop down will have save and it will have SAVE AS  which is what you want - then save as you get to name it what you want and save it to where you want right on the desktop - there will be where IT wants to save it in the bar along the top but there will be an arrow or way to back out of it's default folder to the desktop, you make sure that is where it will go

as far as the one you did already - it is there somewhere - try opening the paint program and go to the file menu and see if it has a recent files option if you go to the open on the dropdown from file

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