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Smart trick to instantly scan photos on your Mac

We’ve all got old photos and documents collecting dust in forgotten corners. Many of our family images come from the pre-digital era — before we had fancy DSLR cameras and smartphones that capture beautiful photos and videos. But that doesn’t make those memories any less precious.

Maybe you’re doing some spring cleaning and rediscovering old memories. You might even want to breathe new life into these old pictures by uploading them to your phone or PC. Tap or click here for some easy ways to digitize your most precious moments.

If you’ve got a Mac device, though, there’s an easy trick you may not know about. The trick ties into Image Capture, an app that comes with any Mac purchase. Here’s a handy, step-by-step guide to scanning your photos and images on your Mac computer.

First, run a software check

Before you start scanning photos, you’ll want to make sure that your scanner is working properly. Follow these easy steps before you start uploading pictures.

  1. First, connect your scanner to your Mac. Plug it in and turn it on.
  2. Tap on the Apple menu and then hit System Preferences.
  3. From there, click on Printers & Scanners.
  4. You’ll see a list of devices on the left of the screen. Select your device and click Open Scanner.

If you have a scanner that doubles as a printer, you may need to tap on Scan on the right before you select Open Scanner.

What if you don’t see the Open Scanner button? In that case, you should reinstall the scanner driver. If your Mac can’t locate the driver specifically designed for your scanner, check the manufacturer’s website.

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Next, open up Image Capture

Sure, you could scan normally with Image Capture and then drag the files into Photos. Or you could cut out the extra step and import pictures directly into your Mac’s Photos folder. Here’s what to do.

  1. Open your Applications folder. Then, open Image Capture.
  2. Click Show Details. You’ll see a Scan To: option. Tap on Photos. (If you don’t see this option, click on Other, which lets you navigate and select the Photos app.)
  3. Open your scanner and place the picture you want to digitize face down on the glass.
  4. Hit the Scan button.

Once the scanner has uploaded your picture, it’s manually imported into your Photos folder. Nifty, right?

If you want more help organizing your old photos, we’ve found an app that can help. Tap or click here for a simple way to find and delete duplicate photos.

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