FAQs & Troubleshooting

FAQs & Troubleshooting

Scan a text document and convert it into a text file using the Scan button on my Brother machine

You can scan a text document and convert it into a text file by pressing the Scan button on the control panel of your Brother machine, and then edit it in your favorite word processing software.



Follow the steps listed below to scan a text document and convert it into a text file.


  1. Load your document.


    • For the Automatic Document Feeder (ADF), place the document face up top edge first.
    • For the scanner glass, place the document face down.
  2. Press Scan(Scan).
  3. Swipe left or right to display OCR(to OCR).
  4. Press OCR(to OCR).
  5. Press OK.
  6. (For network users)


    • Press the Up or Down arrow key to display the destination computer you want to send to.
      If the computer is not displayed, click here to see how to solve the issue.
    • Press the destination computer name.
    • If the machine's display prompts you to enter a PIN number, enter the 4-digit PIN number for the destination computer, and press OK.
  7. Do one of the following:


    • To start scanning with the existing settings, go to Step 11.
    • To change the settings, go to Step 8.
  8. Press Options.
  9. If you want to use 2-sided scanning, press 2-sided Scan. Press 2-sided Scan: Long Edge or 2-sided Scan: Short Edge.
  10. Choose the scan setting for Scan Type, Resolution, File Type and Scan Size.
  11. Press Start. The machine starts scanning.


You can scan from your computer with the useful application as ControlCenter. See the related FAQ's about how to use the ControlCenter with Windows/ Macintosh.


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