Working with Scans

Adobe Scan offers a rich set of features for working with your scans. You can:

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Select and copy text

You can select and copy text from any scan. Simply:

  1. Open a scan.
  2. Long press the text you need to copy.
  3. Drag the handles to select the copy boundaries.
  4. Tap Copy.
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Note

Optical character recognition (text recognition) must be enabled for this feature to work.

Select multiple files

To delete or share more than one scan, select multiple files:

  1. Tap All Scans.
  2. Tap overflowicon > Select Multiple Items.
  3. After the app enters multiple selection mode, tap files to select them.
  4. Tap overflowicon
  5. From the top bar, tap shareicon or deleteicon
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Add business card scans to contacts

If you’ve selected Business Card during the scan or the scan app determines the scan is a business card, you can save the scan details directly to your contacts list. After the text recognition process completes, a Save Contact icon appears on the document card thumbnail. On the preview screen, you may also see a “This looks like a business card…” message.

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To add the scan data to your contacts:

  1. Tap contacts1
  2. When the New Contact form appears, enter or edit the details. The business card thumbnail appears at the top so you can verify the information.
  3. Tap Save.

Note

If you’ve captured more than one business card in a single scan, you can select which cards to add to your contacts.

Share your scans

You can share one or more completed scans in a number of ways. You can share a link to a file stored in Adobe Document Cloud, share the file with other apps on your device, email the file, and so on.

  • When viewing a file, tap shareicon
  • For any file item or file thumbnail in the Recent list, tap shareicon
  • From the All Scans, tap overflowicon and then shareicon, select one or more files, tap overflowicon, and select a sharing method.
  • On iOS 11 and later, you can also share files from the Files app.
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Share file copies

You can share file copies as follows:

From the Recent tab:

  1. Tap shareicon, and then tap shareicon Share a Copy again.
  2. Choose one of the ways to share a copy, and complete the workflow.

From the All Scans tab:

  1. Tap overflowicon for any file (either on the thumbnail or in the file list).
  2. Tap shareicon
  3. Choose one of the ways to share a copy, and complete the workflow.

Email copies of scans

If you’ve set up an email account on your iOS device, an email option appears in the context menus. You can email a link to a scan directly from the app as follows:

From the Recent tab:

  1. Tap shareicon
  2. Tap emailicon
  3. Complete the workflow.

From the All Scans tab:

  1. Tap overflowicon for any file (either on the thumbnail or in the file list).
  2. Tap emailicon
  3. Complete the workflow.

Open in Acrobat Reader

If you have Acrobat Reader installed, you can open a file directly and add comments, edit the file, and so on.

  1. From the Recent file list, tap acrobaticon on any file.
  2. From All Scans, tap overflowicon on any file and then tap acrobaticon
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Create Fill & Sign forms

Fill & Sign forms are PDF forms you can create on any platform, including mobile devices. Fill & Sign form fields are similar to annotations: you can select a form element from the form tool bar and tap anywhere on the PDF to place it.

If you’ve installed Acrobat Reader, tap fillsignicon to open your PDF scan in that app. You can then add form fields such as text fields and check boxes. You can fill out the fields, or you can send the file to others for fill in.

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  1. From any file list, tap overflowicon next to any file. Note: fillsignicon may already be visible if there’s enough room.
  2. Tap fillsignicon
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  1. When the PDF opens in Acrobat, select a form tool; for example, a text field or checkbox.
  2. Enter data. By default, the app suggests entries for text fields.
  3. Tap Done to exit Fill & Sign mode.

Fill & Sign on Android supports creating and editing forms, automatic form fill-in based on suggestions, clearing form data history, signing, pasting copied text into text fields, undo/redo, and deleting form fields.

Note

For details, refer to the on-device Acrobat Reader Help.

Rename a file

Rename a file during the scanning process by tapping pencilicon prior to saving it to PDF.

You can rename a file later via the Rename menu item from several places:

  1. When viewing a file, tap pencilicon next to the file name.
  2. From any file list, tap overflowicon for the file you want to rename, and tap Rename.
  3. Enter a new name.
  4. Tap Rename.
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Modify existing scans

You can modify scans after they are converted to PDF. The feature allows you to organize, crop, and enhance scans at any time. To use this feature:

  1. Do one of the following:

    • Open a PDF scan in the preview screen.
    • For any thumbnail in the file list, tap overflowicon
  2. Tap modifyicon

  3. Modify your scan as needed.

  4. Tap Save.

Note that you cannot modify scanned files which have been altered outside of Adobe Scan. For example, if you have opened a scan in Acrobat and have added comments, added attachments, organized pages, and so on, Adobe Scan will not be able to modify that file.

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Note

For details about editing scans, see Scanning Documents.

Add photos to a scan

Document detection for the add-from-photos feature means the app tries to distinguish documents from selfies, artwork, and other non-document photos. By showing you document-specific images first, it’s easier to find and work with what you actually need. Integration with the device photo library allows you to easily browse your photo library and add images to new or existing scans.

To access this feature:

  1. Tap addphotoicon on the capture screen or file browser. While reviewing a current scan, you can also tap scanaddicon in the bottom menu and tap Select from Photos. Photos from last month appear by default.
  2. If you don’t see what you need, tap Show More Documents or Show All Photos.
  3. Tap a thumbnail to select one or more files.
  4. Tap the checkmark to finish adding the photo to your scan.