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Digital documents such as PDFs offer versatility and convenience that can't be matched by paper-based documents. Digital format is also best in terms of presenting and protecting your file. To convert your paper-based documents to digital files, you'll need to use a scanner to produce a PDF version of your physical documents. We'll cover how to do that, and the top 5 best free scan to PDF tools that are currently on the market in the article below.

Tips for Scanning to PDF - PDFelement

PDFelement provides the most useful tools for scanning, physical documents into digital PDF files directly. After creating your PDF file, PDFelement also lets you use the OCR function to recognize scanned content and convert text so it is editable and searchable.

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1. Launch PDFelement

After installing and launching PDFelement, click the "arrow" button in the top-left corner to go to the main window.

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2. Connect with Your Scanner

Click the "From Scanner" button, and select your scanner to connect. YOu'll then be able to use various settings to scan as required.

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3. Scan and Create

Once you click the "Scan" button, the scanning process will begin. After scanning one page, a pop-up window will appear asking if you want to continue scanning more pages to be added into one PDF file.

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4. Save the Created PDF File

Once scanning is completed, the newly created PDF file will open in PDFelement automatically. You can begin to make edits to it if required, or save the file to your computer.

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Top 5 Free Scan to PDF Software Tools

Everyone loves the sound of a free scan to PDF software tool that will make your life easier at home or in the office. However, while most of these free PDF scanning tools will help you create high-quality output PDF files for free, there may still be malware issues, or viruses associated with them. We've collected a list of the safest programs to use below. Here are the top 5 free scan to PDF software tools that are currently available on the market.

1. Advanced Scan to PDF Free

Advanced Scan to PDF Free is one of the most popular free tools for scanning physical documents into PDF. Unlike most free applications, this tool packs a decent number of features that enables you to modify the scanned PDF file in many different ways. For instance, the application allows you to customize the size of the page and modify the compression type when setting up the scanning profile.

You can also add digital signatures and passwords to protect your files, which offers a nice touch for the average user.

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2. Free Scan to PDF

When you conduct a simple search on the internet for "Free Scan to PDF" software, you'll likely be bombarded by a huge database of results. This specific tool is the brainchild of FreeAudioVideo Software, a website that hosts a large collection of free apps. As its name suggests, Free Scan to PDF is a free app currently available for Windows.

Like many free applications in its class, as a simple app in both presentation and function, Free Scan to PDF gives users a set of standard features for both pre-and post-scanning, including tools like page adjustment, rotating, cropping, and copying. You can even edit PDF metadata, send the scanned PDF files via email, and protect your PDF files with a password and digital signature.

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3. NAPS2

NAPS2 (Not Anoother PDF Scanner 2) is a very functional PDF scanner that has many useful features – all for free. NAPS2 doesn't come with a sleek user interface or a detailed user guide that many of us would expect with other similar tools.

But, for everything it lacks in presentation, NAPS2 more than makes up for in function and simplicity. To scan, you simply select a custom scanning profile, choose a destination folder, scan your documents, and save them as PDF. The scanning profiles on the app are customized according to scanning sources, document size, resolution, and other settings that make it quite easy to use the app.

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4. Scan2PDF

Scan2PDF is another simple but efficient program that lets you scan paper documents into a variety of formats, including PDF. The application is a free software for Windows systems. It gives users a short list of extra features, which is quite generous for a free application.

Users can combine several scans into a single PDF document, something that is usually only available on paid applications. You can even rearrange the order of the merged files, rotate pages, and import additional files from your hard drive to add on to your merge list.

Overall, if you won't be scanning a ton of documents on a daily basis, Scan2PDF will work well as a scanning tool for you.

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5. Quick Scan

Quick Scan allows you to scan documents quickly and easily on Windows-based platforms for free. Quick Scan offers both speed and simplicity, as well as functionality, making it the best free scanning tool for the average users.

The application is most notable for its different color mode options, including grayscale, RGB, and black and white. You can select the color mode you want for your PDF file depending on quality and speed required. For instance, the RGB mode gives you the highest quality output but scans quite a bit more slowly than black and white, which is of lower quality but produces scanned PDFs more quickly and with better font clarity.

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And there you have it – you can now scan documents to PDF free of charge! Hopefully this quick guide helped you on your way.


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Published: Dec 05,2017 17:37 pm / Updated: Sep 13,2018 10:56 am

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