Unfortunately, HP Photosmart Essential is not used to scan documents. It has been developed to manage, edit, view, share, or print photos. In order to scan your files, I recommend you access the HP Download Center, identify your computer model and then download and install the latest drivers and software available. The package should contain a scanning program that can be used to select HP Photosmart Essential as the scan destination. I recommend you contact HP support team for further information.