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Ooookay … I’ve had my flatbed scanner (a Canon MP Navigator EX) for years.
Never a moment of trouble from it. Thanks, Canon!
You’d t.h.i.n.k. I’d have it all figured out by now.
But I recently stumbled across something to avoid with my scanner files.
I won’t bore you with all the details, but here’s hoping I can save you some grief.
[QW18] A scanner “Oops!” fix
Remember my 7th Step to Non-Overwhelm: “Wrangle your admin and paperwork!” article that was posted in February 2020?
It contains a section about tax time helps, including scanning files to upload to our tax preparers.
This past January, I scanned a stack of government forms, but I changed my process slightly.
Got in a hurry.
And – my fault, not Canon’s – I had to scan everything again. Sigh.
Here’s the deal
My scanner uses a two-step process:
- Saves the files to an archive within the software.
- Creates a desktop folder for that day’s files (easy access for you).
Usually, I move documents out of the desktop folder before deleting the archive.
This day I deleted the archive first. And that’s when I discovered:
The two copies … are not copies.
Desktop files vanish if you delete the archive.
It was a little thing, but …
I’m telling you this to remind us all: never make assumptions about software.
When you have a process that works, check the user manual (!) before changing it.
Thankfully, this wasn’t a huge issue for me.
But … what if I had scanned a 53-page book?!
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