How to Make a Scanned Document Black & White

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Most scanners will usually scan in color when they acquire an image. While this is useful for photographs, if you have scanned a text document, then you only need the file to be stored in black and white. Color images take up more space than black-and-white images on your computer. So it is useful to reduce them in size so that you can distribute or store them more effectively. You can change a color photo to black and white using the Windows Live Photo Gallery, which is built into Windows.

  • Navigate to the document on your computer.

  • Right-click the document, and click "Open with Windows Live Photo Gallery" (if you are a Windows Vista user, it is called "Windows Photo Gallery").

  • Click "Fix."

  • Click "Black and white effects," then choose one of the black-and-white effects. As well as normal black and white, Windows Live Photo Gallery can also add aging effects to your photos.

  • Click "File," then "Save" to confirm your changes. You have now turned your scanned document into black and white.

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