Need help with scanning

@TriciaW (2441)
United States
March 31, 2008 7:12am CST
I can scan things but it comes out 24 mb and I need it only at 1. Does anyone know what I can do to make it less? It is one page document that I am trying to scan. I really need help. It is a Lexmarks printer, copier, scanner all in one.
2 responses
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
31 Mar 08
If you scan a page of document and the saved document is very large in size (as in the 24Mb you described), probably it is due to one of these two reasons: (1) your scanning resolution set is high, and (2) you have saved the document in a graphical format that is large. For (1), you should try rescanning the document, and the next time you activate your scanning software and do this, check the settings first to see if the resolution is set too high. For text documents or even documents with text and some images, you can just scan at 96 dpi and the scan will be good enough. If you scan at several hundred dpi, your eventual image will be much bigger. For (2), after you scan, you may be able to choose what graphical format you save your scanned document in. Some scanners have this setting fixed by default, but you can probably set this to any format you wish. If you save a scanned document in say BMP format, the file will likely be very big. If you want the document smaller, you can use JPG or GIF. The resolution for these formats may not be as good as BMP, but usually the saved image is good enough for normal use. Try the above and see if you get more acceptable results.
@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
31 Mar 08
I use a different scanner but for sure it has options to be set before the scan. Try lowering the setting of quality like from high to medium to low, or try reducing the resolution 300 to 150 to 72, or reduce the colors. Hope this help.