Simple, Portable Freeware Scans Pages To PDF

The other day, I needed to scan a bunch of printed papers into a PDF file that I could send electronically.  I didn't have anything installed on my PC that could do the job, so I was about to dig out my copy of Adobe Acrobat Professional, which can do it admirably.  But although they're very capable, Adobe's products are huge, and I only wanted to scan a handful of pages.  I didn't need all the other functionality that comes with the suite.

In the past I'd seen recommendations for a freeware application called Scan2PDF, so I decided to try it.  And, to my surprise and relief, it worked just fine.

You can get Scan2PDF from  Despite the fact that the web page hasn't been updated in years, the software works just fine on Windows 7 and older version too.  It's just a 1.5 MB download, is free from malware according to VirusTotal, and is available as a portable version so you don't even need to install anything.

Once you've unzipped the downloaded file, run scan2pdf.exe and the simple interface appears, as shown below.  Click the Scan button to scan each page (you'll need to have your scanner installed first, along with the necessary drivers).  When you're done scanning, click the Save icon and you get a PDF of your scanned documents.  It's as simple as that, though you may wish to check out the various options before you start scanning as they can't be applied retrospectively.




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by George D. (not verified) on 31. July 2012 - 4:08  (96918)

Search Gizmo's for WinScan2PDF. It works extremely well, for either single- or multi-page PDFs. Let's you preview the individual page scans.

by jbones42 on 31. July 2012 - 2:53  (96916)

Read about this some years ago. Installed it on a work computer with a scanner. Better than the software that came with the scanner. About 5 years ago. Thanks for the portable version.

by bernardz on 31. July 2012 - 1:27  (96912)

Not in two cases with me the scanning software because they an addon from someone else.

by wednesday (not verified) on 30. July 2012 - 17:08  (96897)

Wicked cool.

Next, can you recommend a PDF editor that lets you delete, extract, and edit pages as cleanly as Acrobat Professional? I've found a handful of freebie products that promise to, but they lie.

by Geekomatic (not verified) on 29. October 2012 - 8:31  (101543)

Not sure how "clean" this is, but I use it to update my resume from time to time (as well as other documents). It can take some finessing to get the text lined up & of the proper size to match the original, but in a pinch...

by mr6n8 on 30. July 2012 - 9:12  (96873)


With Windows 7 my HP does not save in PDF anymore and I have to scan as JPEG and convert to PDF. This saves me some time.


by adam14 (not verified) on 30. July 2012 - 4:21  (96858)

every scanner & scanner/printer I've owned came with software that saves scanned material to pdf files.

Not however portable software.

by pvilan (not verified) on 30. July 2012 - 3:36  (96856)

Thanks Rob.

Excellent application to have in my pendrive dedicated to portables!


by bartprg (not verified) on 30. July 2012 - 2:53  (96854)

So, you have a scanner but the unit does not have software associated with it that can save the scanned documents? I'm not sure I've ever seen that.

by bernardz on 30. July 2012 - 12:13  (96877)

I have seen it often, for example recently I picked up an old printer that includes a scanner but no software.

by wednesday (not verified) on 30. July 2012 - 17:10  (96898)

If you go to the manufacturer's website, they'll usually have drivers and program software for their old printers that you can install. Just look under Support.

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