[DIY Guide] Where Do I Find My Scanned Documents on Windows/Mac

Where do scanned files go on Windows and Mac? You are going to find scanned documents with simple steps on Windows and Mac. If you accidentally deleted scanned files, you can turn to EaseUS file recovery software. It enables you to locate and recover lost documents from Windows and Mac with ease.

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How to Locate the Scanned Documents on Windows 10?

"Hi Everyone - Possibly a very simple questions to those who know, previously on Windows 7 when I scanned a document from my wireless printer to my laptop the scan used to go into "my documents folder". Now on Windows 10, it seems to put the scan into any obscure folder attached to "my document" folder. It's hard to find after scanning. How do I determine which folder the scans go to?"

It's annoying to be unable to find your newly scanned documents on your hard drive. Here, we will explore the best way to deal with this issue, and how to change the settings so that this issue never occurs again. Read on to find out how to do it.

Method 1. Check the Pictures Folder in Windows 10

Usually, when you connect a scanner to your computer, Windows PC saves scanned documents in either the "My Documents" or "My Scans" folder by default.

But for a Windows 10 user, you may find the files in the "Pictures" folder, especially if you saved them as images, such as .jpg, .jpeg, or .png.

Step 1. Open "This PC" on your desktop.

Step 2. Select the "Pictures" folder and find the scanned files. in this folder.

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If you fail to find the scanned files, you can also search your entire hard drive for them.

Method 2. Find the Scanned Files by Checking the Scan App

When you are not sure about the file type of your scanned files, you can check your scan app to find the default storage folder. Then, you are able to locate the scanned documents. Here are the steps to check the built-in scan programs on Windows 10.

Step 1. Click the search button in your Taskbar and input Scan.

Step 2. Choose "Windows Fax and Scan" by clicking it.

Step 3. Inside the Windows Scan application, select the "Scan" button found at the bottom left corner of your screen.

Step 4. Here, choose the "Save as" option. The default save location for scans is normally named as the Scanned Documents subfolder of the Documents folder. (If you want to change that manually, you can simply move the entire Documents folder to a new location.)

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Then, you can navigate to "This PC > Documents > Scanned Documents" to find the scanned files on your Windows 11/10/8/7 PC. Depending on the scanner you're using, you might have specialized software installed on your PC. (For example, if you are using an HP scanner, you need to find scanned files from HP Solution Center). If you have any difficulty in finding your files using the above-mentioned method, it is recommended that you check the original software of your scanner as well.

How to Find Your Scanned Documents on Mac

Before you are going to locate the scanned files on your Mac, you can learn how to scan a document on Mac with Image Capture.

1 - Scan a Document on Mac

Step 1. Turn on your scanner and connected to Mac, place a document you want to scan in the scanner.

Step 2. Open "Image Capture" on Mac.

Step 3. Select your scanner from the pane at the left of the main window.

Step 4. In the Pictures drop-down menu, select a destination for the scan. Here, I select the "Picture" folder.

Step 5. Select a size for the bounding box. US Letter is the default, and you can opt to draw several bounding boxes to scan several portions of the document. Then, click "Scan" to start the scan. It is saved to the location you chose.

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2 - Go to the Location You Choose

As I have mentioned before, when you trying to scan a document on Mac, you will be asked to choose the storage folder. All you need to do is to remember the location you chose. Then, navigate to the location on Mac. By default, scanned images, documents, etc. are saved automatically in the "Pictures" folder on your Mac. To open the "Pictures" folder on Mac:

Step 1. Open "Finder > Go > Home".

Step 2. When your Home window opens in Finder, locate the "Pictures" folder. Double-click the icon to open it.

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Then, you can view the Scanned files on Mac.

Extra Tips - How to Find Scanned Files with Software

If you cannot find the scanned files with the methods above, you can use third-party software. EaseUS data recovery software can scan your Windows and Mac hard drive to find the existing and lost documents. What's more, if you lost scanned documents, you can recover them with simple steps. Follow the details below to find the scanned files and recover them on Windows 11/10/8/7.

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Step 1. Launch EaseUS file recovery software on your computer. Choose the exact location where you lost the files and click the Scan button.

Step 2. The software will immediately start scanning the drive and very soon the deleted files will show up. When the process is over, you can filter the document files.

Step 3. Select files (e.g. Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and click the Recover button. You can browse for a different location to save the recovered files.


Your scanned files can show up in different places depending on what brand of scanner you use, and the storage location you choose. If you fail to find the scanned files, you can also turn to EaseUS hard drive recovery software. It can scan your whole disk or partition to help you find the lost or existing files.

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