Monday, May 19, 2014


This topic comes from a recent post on one of the Facebook pages I belong to and from a question my brother just asked me.

How do you scan multiple pictures at once and then save them as separate file names?
This is something that is very handy when you are scanning lots of pictures.  Doing them one at a time is too time consuming.  

I know that photo programs such as Adobe Photoshop Elements, Picasa and others can accomplish this task.  But, it’s very handy to be able to do it while you are using your scanning device.

I am going to talk about HP products because that is what I’ve used for the past 10 years. 
My current all-in-one is an HP Officejet Pro 8600 Plus.  I just bought it last summer.  The “plus” means it has a legal size scanning area, which is very convenient.  My previous HP all-in-one only had a letter size scanning area.  

Here is a picture of it and the current price, along with the link to their page.

(I get no remuneration from HP, I just want to share information with you)

HP Website link

HP scanner pic

My previous HP all-in-one had a completely different software layout than this 8600 does.  The software that came with my previous HP all-in-one would know when I had multiple pictures on the scanning surface.  When the image came up on the screen all of the individual photos were separated.  This feature is missing from the 8600 software.  There has been much discussion about this on HP forums.  I hope that HP listens to it's customers and adds that feature back into the software.  

When I got this new one last summer, I was disappointed that the scanner didn't separate my photos.  I had to play around and explore all the different icons until I figured this out.  I won't be returning this all-in-one, as I've had it nearly a year.  However, I will pay attention when I purchase my next one, and make sure it has all the features that I need.  This work-around is fine for me right now.  Once you've worked with it a time or two it goes very quickly.

Here is a step by step process of how I scan multiple photos at once.

1.  Select your scanner

2.  This is the screen that appears when I have opened my scanner.

Scan 1

3.  I click on the scan icon.  The scanner then brings up this screen. 

I have added the red circle & letter A to use as an example further down the page.

scan with circle A

You can see that I have scanned 5 photos and they are all shown together inside the dotted lines in the middle of the screen.  With a preview on the far left.  The question is….”How do you make separate images so they can be saved under different names?”
4.  Click on the icon circled as A above.  This will duplicate your scan in the preview area over on the left hand side as show in this image.

scan 3

5.  The dotted outline of the area in the center of the screen indicates what shows up in the preview on the left.  Now, MOVE the dotted area around one of the photos.  Then click on the A again.  A preview of your original scan will show up on the left under the image you have just cropped.

Scan_after first crop

I have now MOVED the dotted area a second time.  This has resulted in another image being cropped from the original scan and added to the preview on the left.

scan after 2nd move

6.  Keep moving the dotted area and click on A after each move until you have all photos in the preview screen on the left. When you have the final photo in your preview screen STOP! DO NOT CLICK ON THE A AGAIN.

7.  Click on SAVE at the bottom right corner of the screen.  You should then be taken to the “Save As” screen which will ask you where you want to put the pictures.  I just saved them to the specific folder I have for images for my blog.

GOULD blog pics

8.  Once I click on Save, the program then takes me to my default photo viewer, which for me is Microsoft Office 2010, and allows me to name each one separately.  

Here is how the individual shots show up on the screen.  Now I can name this image by using my file menu, save as and I’m done.  The image is saved under the proper surname folder or wherever you choose to put it.

scan one pic on screen

I hope this is helpful to any of you who have an HP 8600 all-in-one, or other models that may be missing this feature. 

Happy hunting,

Michigan Girl

Copyright ©  2014   Diane Gould Hall


  1. Thank you! Now, let's see if I can follow your instructions!

    1. You're welcome. LOL! If you have any questions please contact me. My email is listed in the "contact me" tab at the top of this page.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Excellent, I have the HP 6500 but have adapted with your suggestions! Thank you!

  3. Great article! I use Picasa to do my cropping which also allows me to "fix" the photo to my taste. But your way also works great. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Fred,
      There are many ways for us to accomplish the same goal. I have only used Picasa on a limited basis, but thanks for the information. When my photos open up in Microsoft Office 2010, I also have the opportunity to "fix" them before saving.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  4. My HP7500 auto crops the pictures. My HP8600 you have to draw a box around each picture. Very time consuming. No more HPs for me.

    1. I miss the previous HP printers that did the auto cropping when scanning multiple pictures at once. The 8600 is a disappointment where that is concerned. Thankfully, all my ancestor photos have been scanned. I've always loved HP products and will continue to give them a look before other brands, going forward.
      Thank you for leaving a comment.

  5. Good afternoon Diane, thank you very much for this post.

    1. You’re very welcome. Glad it was useful to you.
      Stay safe and thanks for leaving a comment.


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