In the past, slides were a popular way to share photographs. This is because the small slides could be inserted into a slide projector and then displayed on a screen. However, if you want to scan the slides into digital slides on your computer, you need to have a special slide scanner. Standard scanners are not made to handle the small images and still maintain the picture quality of the slide.
Insert the USB cable into the back of the slide scanner, and then plug the other end of the slide scanner into an available USB port on your computer. Slide scanners can be purchased at most large computer and electronic stores, such as Best Buy, Radio Shack and even Target.
Install any driver or program disks that come with the digital slide scanner. Some scanners come with an assortment of different programs and drives, while others allow you to use them as soon as they are connected to the computer.
Insert the first slide into the camera.
Click the "Start" button (or the "Windows" icon in later releases of Windows). From the menu, click "All Programs," "Accessories" and finally "Camera and Scanner." This will open a new program specially designed to import content from cameras and scanners.
Select "Preview." The scanner will create a preview image of how the final scan will look. If the image is upside down or on its side, you can remove the slide and insert it correctly now.
Select "Scan. The slide will be scanned into the computer as a digital slide. Once the scan is complete, you will be asked to save the image. Type the name of the picture, and select a saving location. Click "OK." The new digital slide will be saved onto the computer.
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