In addition to tools to help manipulate images, most scanners now come with software to help with electronic filing. The most common type of software is an OCR package. OCR (optical character recognition) allows the PC to look at the text document you have scanned in, interpret the shapes of the characters and recognise them as the correct letters of the alphabet. This information can then be stored in electronic form and the documents accessed and worked on in your word processor.
Some scanners, including the one we have used here, the Epson Perfection 1200U, also bundle some document management software, which will automate the scanning process and help you organise the resulting files.