The first thing that is needed, is to purchase a scanner to connect to your scanner. They can be purchased at Wal-Mart, Best Buy, or even online. The scanner that is purchased will come with with a manual and software to install on the computer. Once the scanner is connected to your computer, you will need to install the software. To do this, simply insert the disk into your cd-rom on the computer. If you are running Window Vista operating system on the computer, then it will probably automatically install the necessary drivers on its own. Now, that everything is set up with the scanner and the computer, you can place your document or picture in the scanner. Open the program that was installed by the installation disk, and scan your document. You can save it anywhere on your harddrive, but make sure to save it somewhere you will remember at a later time.