If you have a Microsoft Surface with Windows RT, scanning photos and documents is a piece of cake. You can do it via Windows RT or the scanner manufacturer’s app.
Update: Windows RT and the RT Surface device are no longer supports by Microsoft. Windows 8 is also no longer supported:
Windows 8.1 reached the end of Mainstream Support on January 9, 2018, and will reach end of Extended Support on January 10, 2023. With the general availability of Windows 8.1, customers on Windows 8 had until January 12, 2016, to move to Windows 8.1 to remain supported.
As much as we’d love to have completely paperless offices, especially at home, having to scan documents and photos is as inevitable as the tide. If you have a Microsoft Surface with Windows RT, scanning those documents on rare occasions is really a piece of cake.
Set Up Printer on Surface RT & Windows 8
The first thing you’ll need to do is make sure your scanner is connected to your Surface RT. Since many printers these days include a scanner, check out my article on how to connect a printer to your Surface RT. If you only have a scanner – portable or otherwise – the process of connecting it is virtually identical.
If you have a Surface Pro, you should check out my article on how to set up an All-in-One Printer/Scanner in Windows 8.
Scan Documents or Photos via Windows RT
Now that you have your Scanner / Printer set up, you can start scanning documents. Put your document or photo face down on the scanner bed and close the cover. Then use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + X to display the power user menu and select Control Panel.
Now select Devices and Printers.
Right-click your scanning device, or long-press it to bring up the Context Menu. Then select Start Scan.
The work through the wizard and select the quality of the scan, and when finished, click the Scan button, then Import the scanned image.
By default, your scanned document will be placed in your My Pictures folder, and they’ll open in the Photos app.
Note: Some scanner models allow the ability to press the scan button to start the process in Windows. If you’ve set up your printer/scanner on your Surface, it might have installed an app for it, or one might be in the Windows Store. Of course, each model’s app will vary by manufacturer.
If you need to print out a scanned document or image, check out our article on how to print from modern / metro-style apps.