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  1. Posts : 133
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit with May 2020 update
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    Scanning using Office 2016


    I currently use Office 2016. If I am using Publisher or Powerpoint I frequently want to scan in graphics or photos. In the past using Office 2007 I could do this directly but with 2016 I have to scan to a file e.g. Pictures and then insert from there. While this works well enough it is an inconvenience to have to use a 2 stage process when previously I could do it directly.
    I also use Ashampoo Office 2012 and Libreoffice 5, both of which allow direct scanning. It is a great shame that Microsoft have apparently deleted this facility. Is there any way to enable this in Office 2016? What if I upgraded to Office 2019 would that be any better?
    I am currently on Windows 10, Version 1909.
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  2. Posts : 29,624
    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
       #2

    Check this page:

    gmayor.com | scan_into_word

    There is a macro at the second part of this document that should be able to scan in Word.
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  3. Posts : 5,893
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 22H2
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    Since Windwow 10 doesn't use TWAIN anymore directly scanning into documents is all but a thing of the past. WIA may work, but I'm not sure you can still scan directly into Office 2016.

    Tht said, @A Gray, when you were using Office 2007, were you also still using Windows 7 or XP? Also, what scanner are you using?

    All that said, would love to know if you solved this.
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  4. Posts : 2,608
    Windows 10
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    You can scan directly in to MS OneNote which is part of MS Office 2010 for sure, and many other variations of MS Office suite. There is also an OCR function in OneNote. This is installed on Windows 10.

    The WIA method is not so good as using the scanner application itself. e.g. On mine you cannot use the maximum scanner resolution and various other options so it is not a very flexible way.
    You can tick a box for the MS Clip Organiser so you can find it in say MS Word > Insert > Clip Art.

    OK it is not direct to Word, but is applicable to all the Office applications via the Clip Organiser like Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
    I use the two stage method by choice as ultimately you get better quality by using all the scanners abilities.
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  5. Posts : 5,893
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 22H2
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    Helmut said:
    You can scan directly in to MS OneNote which is part of MS Office 2010 for sure, and many other variations of MS Office suite. There is also an OCR function in OneNote. This is installed on Windows 10.
    How? And what scanner are you using? And the OP is talking about Office 2016, not 2010.

    Also, point me to the OCR function in OneNote that allows direct scanning into it?

    Thanks.
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  6. Posts : 133
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit with May 2020 update
    Thread Starter
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    Thanks for all your replies. I have investigated some of your suggestions but not with any success. I cannot find any way to scan in using OneNote, either the 2016 version or an earlier one, possibly 2010. The scanner I use mainly is an old Epson 4490 Photo which is very good but only connects using USB so WIA is out. I am fairly certain that I scanned successfully using Office 2007 and Windows 10 as I upgraded to Office 2016 some time after upgrading to Windows 10. If Windows 10 does not use Twain it is funny that I can scan directly using LibreOffice 5 and Ashampoo Office 2012. Incidentally I did try LIbre Office 6 and although it had the scan function it did not work. Any further thoughts?
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  7. Posts : 11,246
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
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    Hi folks @A Gray

    Paid software but works a treat for old / legacy scanners

    vuescan

    VueScan Scanner Software for macOS Catalina, Windows 10, and Linux

    (I'm on Linux currently but it works in Windows as well)

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  8. Posts : 13,166
    Win10 Version 21H2 Pro and Home, Win11 Pro and Home
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    And don't forget the Windows Fax and Scan function built into Win10. Check Start, W section, Windows Accessories. I like to also use the Snip and Sketch function that is replacing Snippy, can save a couple dozen items to the Clipboard, can Paste into numerous programs, even replies here.
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  9. Posts : 11,246
    Windows / Linux : Arch Linux
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    Berton said:
    And don't forget the Windows Fax and Scan function built into Win10. Check Start, W section, Windows Accessories. I like to also use the Snip and Sketch function that is replacing Snippy, can save a couple dozen items to the Clipboard, can Paste into numerous programs, even replies here.
    Hi there
    doesn't actually solve the OP's question

    If the scanner needs TWAIN then latest versions of Windows won't handle it.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  10. Posts : 5,893
    Win 11 Pro (x64) 22H2
       #10

    jimbo45 said:
    doesn't actually solve the OP's question

    If the scanner needs TWAIN then latest versions of Windows won't handle it.
    Nor is Vuescan the answer since it also doesn't support direct scanning to documents.
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