Using Image Capture To Scan Documents

Instead of trying to use the software provided by your scanner's manufacturer, use the built-in Image Capture app on your Mac instead. You can scan documents and photos with a variety of settings and options.

Comments: 7 Responses to “Using Image Capture To Scan Documents”

    3 years ago

    I have been using Preview to scan. Is there a difference between Preview and Image Capture as far as scanning? And if so what are the advantages either has over the other? - JamesJM

    3 years ago

    Jimmy: They are basically the same, but Preview will always just give you the document as a new Preview document. Image Capture gives you the full range of options, like saving directly to a file, going to Photos, going to Mail.

    Chris in CT
    3 years ago

    I have been using System Preferences> Printers and Scanners> Scan. Is this the same as using Image Capture? The screens and choices appear the same, but Image Capture seems so much quicker, especially when using the Spotlight launch trick I learned from you this morning - Cmd space> i. This is a good example of why I watch your videos religiously. Thanks!

    Dick English
    3 years ago

    Great tip! I've been using the HP app to scan and it looks like Image Capture is seamless and easier to use. I was totally unaware of the app - I wonder what other surprises are waiting to be unlocked... Thanks!

    3 years ago

    This looks worth giving a go.

    I have been using VueScan (from Hamrick) for years and have never felt the need to try anything else.

    Randall Reetz
    3 years ago


    3 years ago

    Randall: Image Capture doesn't do OCR. But if you need to scan the text you can certainly use Live Text on the image when you are done scanning.

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