The Canon Pixma MX340 is a good choice if you want an affordable wireless printer that can also scan.
But, depending on how you initially installed the printer, it’s possible that you don’t have the application you need if you want to scan something.
Our tutorial below will show you how to download the Pixma 340 scanning software, then use it to scan a document.
How to Use the Canon Pixma MX340 Scanner
- Go to the Canon Pixma MX 340 support page, then download and install the Navigator EX application.
- Open the Canon MP Navigator app.
- Place the document to scan on the scanner.
- Click Photos/Documents.
- Click the Scan button.
Our guide continues below with additional information on how to scan with Canon Pixma MX340, including pictures of these steps.
Once you have set up your new wireless all-in-one printer, you will want to test it out.
However, if you want to wirelessly scan with Canon Pixma MX340, then you may be wondering how to go about initiating and saving scans to your computer.
Unfortunately, most people that have configured the Canon Pixma MX340 on their wireless network followed the default installation instructions and installed the software included with the printer, which likely puts them in a situation where they are unable to scan with Canon Pixma MX340.
The only way to begin scanning wirelessly to your computer with the Canon Pixma MX340 is to install another program on your computer.
How to Get the Canon MX340 Scanning Software
The program that you want to get on your computer to scan with Canon Pixma MX340 is one that you can download directly from Canon’s support website.
The program is called Canon MP Navigator EX, and the current version, as of April 10, 2012, is version 3.14.
Step 1: You can acquire the program by going to the Drivers and Software page for the Canon Pixma MX340.
Step 2: Click the Select Operating System drop-down menu, click your operating system, then click the Select OS Version drop-down menu and select the version of the operating system installed on your computer.
Step 3: Click the blue Software link, then click the MP Navigator EX Ver. 3.14 link.
Step 4: Click the I Agree, Begin Download button to download the file to your computer.
The file is approximately 46 MB in size, so confirm that you have a good Internet connection before beginning the file download.
Step 5: Once the file has finished downloading, double-click it to begin the installation.
Step 6: You can then follow the prompts on screen until the installation has been completed.
After you have downloaded and installed the application on your computer, you are ready to use it to scan a document.
Now that you have the application on your computer, you are ready to use it create a digital copy of a document.
Step 1: Launch Canon MP Navigator by clicking the Start button at the lower-left corner of the screen, click All Programs, click the Canon Utilities folder, then click the Canon MP Navigator EX option.
Before you begin using the Canon MP Navigator program to scan with Canon Pixma MX340, confirm that you have placed the item that you want to scan on the glass scanner of your Canon Pixma MX340 scanner.
Once the item to be scanned is on the scanner, return to your computer.
Step 2: Click the Photos/Documents button on the Canon MP Navigator window.
Step 3: Click the green Scan button at the left side of the window, at which point the program will display a pop-up window indicating that the scanner is warming up
If your scanner is turned off or is not properly connected to your network, then you will receive an error message telling you that there was a problem communicating with the scanner.
Simply resolve the issue that is preventing your computer from being able to scan with Canon Pixma MX340, then click the green Scan button again.
If you are experiencing any problems with wireless scanning, then the best option is to uninstall all of the software associated with your Canon Pixma MX340 printer and start over.
The wireless printer will retain its’ wireless network information, so you can first install the Canon Pixma MX340 driver software, then you can install the Canon MP Navigator program again.
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