Scan Multiple Documents With the IJ Scan Utility for MAXIFY and PIXMA Printers
Article ID: ART116956 | Date published: 05/12/2015 | Date last updated: 05/14/2020


Learn how the Canon IJ Scan Utility, allows you to scan multiple originals into a single PDF file.


Follow the steps below to learn how to combine a group of individually scanned documents into one PDF file.

Prepare to scan

  1. Place a document on the glass surface or into the automatic document feeder. Load legal-sized documents into the feeder.

  2. Launch the IJ Scan Utility from your computer. See the instructions for your operating system from the list below

  • Mac® - From the Finder’s Go menu, select Applications, then open the Canon Utilities folder > IJ Scan Utility folder > IJ Scan Utility / IJ Scan Utility2 / IJ Scan Utility Lite.

  • Windows 10 - From the Start menu, select All Apps > Canon Utilities > IJ Scan Utility. If you don't see this, type IJ Scan Utility into the search bar.

  • Windows 8 - Select IJ Scan Utility on the Start screen. (If IJ Scan Utility does not display, select the Search charm, then search for IJ Scan Utility.

  • Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP - From the Start menu, select All Programs > Canon Utilities > IJ Scan Utility > IJ Scan Utility.

Begin a scan

  1. Select Settings...

    IJ Scan Utility main interface

  2. Select Document Scan on the left, then make sure the Data Format setting (in the Save Settings section) is set to PDF (Multiple Pages). Select OK to save your changes.
    Note If you have the Data Format set to PDF and not PDF (Multiple Pages), each page will save as a separate (not combined) PDF file.

    settings screen shot

  3. If your model has an Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) and you wish to use this to scan, select Document (ADF Simplex), Document (ADF Manual Duplex), or ADF (Auto Duplex). The ADF options will depend on your model.

    Document ADF Manual Duplex selected from drop-down

     Depending on your model, your computer may open a program such as My Image Garden after your document has been saved. You can specify which program your computer opens after the scan has completed (such as Windows Explorer) by scrolling down to Application Settings and selecting the Open with an application radio button. Then, choose a program from the drop-down menu. Select OK after choosing the desired program from this menu.

    Choose another program from the drop-down menu to the right of Open with an application. Then, click OK (outlined in red).

     You can select Do not start an application from Application Settings if you don't want any programs to open after the document has been saved. However, if you select this option, you'll return to the IJ Scan Utility window after saving your document. Although the document has been saved, nothing will appear on the screen to indicate that the file has been saved to your computer. It's recommended that you specify Windows Explorer for Open with an application under Application Settings.

  4. Select Document to start scanning.

    IJ Scan Utility interface with Document button highlighted

  5. After the original document scans, you will see the Scan Complete dialog box. To scan more pages, place the next original on the glass surface or in the document feeder and select Scan. When you finish all scans, select Exit

    Scan Complete dialog box

Locate your PDF file

Your multiple-page PDF will save to the location specified in Save Settings. The default folder on a Mac is Documents. In Windows it's either My Documents or Documents.‚Äč