Wednesday, August 14, 2013

How to Merge Scanned Pages

Think about situations we often face, such as these:
  1. You are e-mailed a multi-page form. Your instructions are to complete the form (which must be done by hand), and return it. Your solution is to print the form, complete the pages, scan each page, and email the scanned pages as attachments.
  2. You are submitting copies of receipts. While you may be able to place more than one receipt at a time on the scanner, you still wind up with several pages. You email the scanned pages of receipts.
In both cases, you wind up with multiple one-page attachments. Would it be better if the individual pages could be combined into one document? While some people already have a solution, most people do not. I am glad to find out about a site called "PDF Mergy," which performs this function quickly and for free.

The URL for the site is http://pdfmerge.w69b.com and requires no registration. Simply drag and drop each page of your PDF onto the screen and click "Merge." You are then prompted to download your completed document.

Seeing this tool as one I want to have handy, I included it as a custom gadget on my igHome homepage. That way, when I want to merge pages, I go to my homepage and drag the pages into the PDF Mergy gadget.

On a related note, if you are not familiar with igHome, it is a great replacement for iGoogle. When you click "Add Gadgets," one of the options at the bottom of the left-hand column is to "Create Your Own Gadget." Here. you can add the URL to any site.

Now, your multiple-page scans can be combined into one document. It's free, and it's easy.
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