Set the Document Scan Settings Within IJ Scan Utility on Windows

Article ID: ART148960 | Date published: 05/20/2015 | Date last updated: 03/18/2020


Learn how to change the Document Scan settings within the IJ Scan Utility on a Windows computer.


To change the document scan settings in the IJ Scan Utility app on a Windows computer, you will need to open the IJ Scan Utility window.

Open Canon IJ Scan Utility

  1. To access the Document Scan settings in IJ Scan Utility, select Settings on the IJ Scan Utility window.

  2. Select Document Scan on the Scan icon (Scanning from a Computer) tab to display the Settings (Document Scan) dialog box. From here you can apply advanced scan settings to scan items.

    figure: Settings dialog box

    (1) Scan Options area

(2) Save Settings area

(3) Application Settings area

 The scanning from the operation panel  tab doesn't display for all models. When the Settings dialog box displays from the Scan screen of My Image Garden, Application Settings don't appear.

1. Scan options area

  • Select Source - Select the type of item you want to scan.

  • Color Mode - Select how to scan the item. To select Black and White, deselect the Compress scanned images upon transfer checkbox, then set an option other than JPEG/Exif in Data Format of Save Settings.

  • Paper Size - Select the size of the item you want to scan. When you select Custom, you will see this screen. Select a Unit, then enter the Width and Height, and select OK.

figure: Custom Size Setting dialog box

 Select Defaults to restore the specified settings to the default settings.

  • Resolution - Select the resolution of the item you want to scan. The higher the resolution (value), the more detail in your image.

  • Compress scanned images upon transfer - Compresses scanned images when transferring them to a computer. This is useful when your scanner / printer and computer are connected with a slow interface such as USB1.1 or a network.

  • Image processing settings - Select Plus  to set the following.
     When the Color Mode is set to Black and White only, some of these options don't appear.

    • Apply Auto Document Fix - Select this checkbox to sharpen text in a document or magazine for better readability.
       Available only when the Compress scanned images upon transfer checkbox isn't selected.

    • Sharpen outline - Emphasizes the outline of the subjects to sharpen the image.

    • Reduce show-through - Sharpens text in an item or reduces show-through in newspapers, etc.

    • Reduce moire - Printed materials display as a collection of fine dots. "Moire" happens when uneven gradation or a stripe patterns appear on photos or pictures printed with fine dots.

    • Reduce gutter shadow - Reduces gutter shadows that appear between pages when scanning open booklets.

      • Available only when the Compress scanned images upon transfer checkbox isn't selected.

      • Use the ScanGear Advanced Mode tab to correct gutter shadows when scanning non-standard size items or specified areas. See gutter shadow correction for details.

    • Correct slanted text document - Detects the scanned text and corrects the angle (within -0.1 to -10 degrees or +0.1 to +10 degrees).

      These documents may not correct properly since the text can't be detected:

      • Documents with text lines inclined more than 10 degrees or the angles vary by line.

      • Documents with both vertical and horizontal text or lines (tables).

      • Documents with extremely large or small fonts.

      • Documents with small amount of text.

      • Documents with figures/images or hand-written text.​

    • ​Detect the orientation of text document and rotate image - Automatically rotates the image to the correct orientation. Only text documents written in languages found in Document Language in Settings are supported.

      The orientation may not be detected for the following types of settings or documents:
      • Resolution is outside the range of 300 dpi to 600 dpi.

      • Font size is outside the range of 8 points to 48 points.

      • Documents with special fonts, effects, italics, or hand-written text.

      • Documents with patterned backgrounds.

If text can't be detected, select the Check scan results checkbox and rotate the image in the save settings dialog box.

2. Save Settings area

  • File Name - Enter the file name of the image to be saved. The date and 4 digits are appended to the set file name in the "_20XX0101_0001" format.

  • Data Format - Select the data format you want to use to save the scanned images.

    • ​You can select JPEG/Exif, TIFF, PNG, PDF, or PDF (Multiple Pages).

    • When you select Start OCR in Application Settings, you can't select PDF or PDF (Multiple Pages).

  • Settings... Used to display Data Format settings.

  • Save in - Displays the folder where image scans will save. To change the folder, go to the Select Destination Folder dialog box and select Add... from the drop-down.
     Some of these settings don't appear when you scan from My Image Garden.

    The default save folders are:

    • Windows 10: Documents folder.

    • Windows 8.1: Documents folder.

    • Windows 8: My Documents folder.

    • Windows 7: My Documents folder.

    • Windows Vista: Documents folder.

    • Windows XP: My Documents folder.

  • Check scan results - Displays the Save Settings dialog after scanning.

3. Application Settings area

  • Open with an application - Select this when you want to enhance or correct the scanned images.

  • Send to an application - Select this when you want to use the scanned images as they are in an application that allows you to browse or organize images.

  • Send to a folder - Select this when you also want to save the scanned images to a folder other than the one specified in Save.

  • Attach to e-mail - Select this when you want to send e-mails with the scanned images attached.

  • Start OCR - Select this when you want to convert text in the image into text data using specified OCR software.

  • Do not start any application - Saves to the folder specified in Save in. Select Add from the destination folder dialog to change the folder location.

  • Instructions - Opens this guide.

  • Defaults - Restore the settings to default.

If your product issue was not resolved after following the steps above, or if you require additional help, please create or log in to your Canon Account to see your technical support options.

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