Many years ago, computers promised the
possibility of creating a paperless office; but instead of realizing
that promise, we are using more paper than ever before. Well, the
rest of the world is using more paper than ever before -- I am
working hard to organize myself and create a truly paperless office.
Since becoming paperless
several years ago, I am more organized and can accomplish
more in an hour than I ever did before. I don't have stacks of paper
all over the house, and I can find an elusive document in a
The key for me to a paperless
office is my scanner. Next to my computer, the scanner is the one piece of
equipment I consider essential. HP has an interesting article on
creating a paperless office. I currently use an HP Scanjet
7400c with one-button scanning to the following:
- Send the document via e-mail.
- FAX the document using my FAX/modem.
- Copy the document. (It comes out on
my color printer.)
- File the document. (It creates a PDF
file and saves it on my computer's hard drive. The PDF software is built into
the scanner software so there is no additional software to purchase or install.)
- Convert document to text. (I can change printed
text into a Word document -- this uses a technology called OCR.)
- Create a TIFF, GIF, JPEG, etc. image from
In addition to not printing documents I
create, I scan ALL other papers I get -- from meetings, in the mail, or
anywhere else. I scan all bills I receive then shred the original
bill. All this "paper" is filed on my hard drive and backed up to CD's -- it's not in
my office. Using the Windows FIND feature, I can find any document
in just minutes.
Try it, you'll like it!