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How Can I Scan A Document, Then Type On It, Then Print It With My Typed Changes?

Hi, thank you in advance for your help:

How can I scan a document, then type on it, then print it with my typed changes? Do I need a special program for this? I have an HP 4215v printer, scanner, fax, copier that will allow me to scan my document, but  once it's scanned how do I type on it? Do I need to scan it into a special format
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dianthonymCommented:
you could try to save the file as an image and then edit it using photoshop or some other photo editor that has a text tool.  This will allow you to place text on the image.  
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jacieslaCommented:
Scan it as a JPEG
Insert into Microsoft Word as an image
Set the Image properties to allow text in front of it (Format Picture--> Layout--> Behind Text)
Type what ever you want, where ever you want and print away.

If you need further help please let me know what version of Word you are using.
Thanks,
James
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marylyn27Author Commented:
Hi James,

T hank you for this solution. I'm just getting into this "scan" function on my printer (scanner), and there are no directions in the manual for scanning to a jpeg file. By chance is Jpeg the "default" file format?

I'm using Word 2003.

Would it be too much to ask if I requested that you kindly check in with me on here for follow-up questions? I just have to edit this document and get it reprinted. Apologies if that's asking too much.

Thanks oodles. :)

Marylyn
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marylyn27Author Commented:
James, so far I've scanned it and located the file. The problem is the options I received for saving it were only rtf, pdf and html. I tried pdf. It came out just so-so, but i perhaps can use it. Do I insert it into Word at this point? Or must I continue to try to scan it as a jpeg image, and then insert it into Word?

Thanks!
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jacieslaCommented:
What kind of scanner is ? You should be able to use the 'Save As' function to get it to JPEG. If not I think the problem may be when you are scanning... If you tell the scanner software that you are scanning an image it will give different options than if you select 'text'. See if you can find any options before you scan to tell it what type of document you are scanning. Also let me know what the software package is you are scanning with.
We'll get it all figured out!
Thanks,
James
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marylyn27Author Commented:
Hi James,

Thanks for your gracious assistance. I can access the software for the printer/scanner (an HP 4215), and it doesn't seem to want to allow me to print as a picture--only as a document. i'm trying to set the scanner options to accept a "picture" scan, but so far no luck. I'll keep looking.

OH--I meant to say that I was mistaken. The first scan of the document wasn't a pdf file--it was an rtf file. So when I located it and opened it it opened up as a word document. It doesn't look too bad. I tried to add text to it but it appears it wants me to add text boxes into which the text can be typed.

Marylyn
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marylyn27Author Commented:
James--I'm getting there. I found out how to scan it as a Jpeg and have done that. I'll now try to insert it in a word docuent to see if i can edit it using your directions. let me see what i can do. step by step...
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marylyn27Author Commented:
Update. I've inserted the jpeg scan of the document into Word 2003, but can't figure out what to do next. The directions you gave me (Format Picture--> Layout--> Behind Text) aren't working so far. I'll keep trying
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nobusCommented:
marylyn, i would go to start>programs>office>office help programs>and open office document imaging.
from there you open the scanned image with your text, and modify and print it

Have fun !
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jacieslaCommented:
Sounds like we are getting there !
Ok, so you have the picture in Word 2003 and the next step is to Right Click on the image and then select 'Format Picture'. Then select the 'Layout' Tab. In there you will see the different wrapping styles. The one we want is 'Behind Text', this will allow us to enter text anywhere on the word document. From there you can simply type in the word document and it will go over top of your picture.

There are many ways to draw on a picture but this method gives you more options than others. In that I mean you can now insert 'Word Art' or 'Shapes' from Word which can really help you modify your picture the way you want it.

If you have any other questions let me know!
James
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marylyn27Author Commented:
James, I've tried the procedure and so far and can't get it to work. I tried inserting the jpeg file into the word 2003 doc. I then right clicked on the jpeg file and located format picture. i clicked on it, then went to layout. i then clicked on "behind text.' but i get stuck at that point. i can't type on the document. any suggestions? thank you very much for your patience. :) m.
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marylyn27Author Commented:
nobus, i also tried opening word imaging, but it seems it does not accept jpeg files--only tif and mdi files. am i doing something wrong? thank you.
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nobusCommented:
then scan the document to tif ..
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jacieslaCommented:
Hmmmm, it should be just as easy as clicking on the word document somewhere and then typing. Are you able to type anywhere on the document after inserting the picture?
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marylyn27Author Commented:
James and Nobus: No, James--I can't type anywhere on the jpeg. Just to reiterate: I inserted a great-looking jpeg into word 2003, right-clicked on it, then chose format picture/layout/Behind Text, then hit OK. But I can't type "over" or "onto" the jpeg. I'll try it again, but I've tried it a few times so far with no luck. Nobus, I scanned a copy of the jpeg into tif format, then I opened it in Office Imaging.I had trouble working with the file. I'll try again. the best solution would be if I could simply type "onto" the document using James' solution--but so far haven't been able to do so. Thank you both for sticking with me. :)
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nobusCommented:
the document image converts the image to a txt, or doc file, so you can use it as a word file
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marylyn27Author Commented:
No--James, I'll go try it again, but no--I can't type onto the document at all.
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