How to find scanned documents on Windows 10 [QUICK GUIDE]

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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It can be extremely annoying to not be able to find your newly scanned documents on your hard-drive. Whether you need to access the documents to verify if the scan was completed successfully, or you need to extract information from those files, the location of these documents can vary.

The storage location of your scanned files will depend on the software you use to scan your documents, and also the settings of your software.

Here’s how one user described this problem on Microsoft Answers:

Previously on Windows 7 when I scanned a document from my wireless printer to my laptop, the scan used to go into the ‘My documents’ folder. Now Windows 10 seems to put the scan into an obscure folder attached to the ‘My documents’ folder, therefore they are hard to find after scanning. How do I determine which folder the scans go to?

In this article we will explore the best way to deal with this issue, and how to change the settings so that this issue never occurs again. Read on to find out how to do it.

How do I find scanned documents on my computer?

Check the Scan app

  1. Click on Cortana search button in your Taskbar, and search for Scan.
  2. Choose the Scan application by clicking on it.scan app search find scanned documents windows 10
  3. Inside the Windows Scan application, select the three lines button found at the top left corner of your screen, and choose Settings.scan app settings find scanned documents windows 10
  4. Inside the settings window, you will be able to choose the scanner hardware you want to use, select the source, and you can also set the save location of your scanned files. You can choose to keep the same location but note the link address, or change the location entirely.
  5. The default save location for scans is normally in the Scanned Document subfolder of the Documents folder, and if you want to change that manually, you can simply move the entire Documents folder to a new location.

Note: It is worth mentioning that depending on the scanner you’re using, you might have specialized software installed on your PC. If you have any issues finding your files by the above-mentioned method, it is recommended that you have a look inside the original software of your scanner as well.

In this article, we explored a quick way to find out where your scanned files are stored on Windows 10. Even though the location varies depending on the software and hardware you’re using, the process of finding this information out is easy.

Please feel free to let us know in the comment section below if this fix helped you.


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