Eliminating the Paper Trail: Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300

Eliminating the Paper Trail: Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300

Kevin Whipps
Oct 6, 2011

We've needed to do some filing for a long time now, and the other day our wall mounted file folder finally decided it had enough and snapped in half, almost scattering all of our paperwork all over the floor. But instead of filing all of this stuff, we decided instead to organize and declutter, and hopefully get rid of one of our filing cabinets in the process. To do it, we just needed one tool and a few hours of time...

For the uninitiated, the ScanSnap line of scanners aren't just your run-of-the-mill device. No, these scanners allow for quick, dual side document scanning, and also align the page, spitting out a PDF ready for Evernote or for safe keeping on your computer. Using one is a quick way to store all of those pieces of paper floating around your office, and get rid of some of your clutter.

In practice, using the Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300 is a lot more fun than you'd think. Load up a few sheets of paper — 20 or so max in my experience — with the face towards the tray, and hit the blue button. Once it's done scanning, you can output the file to any number of locations, and then continue scanning. It cleared up our pile of paperwork in a few hours, and it could do the same for you.

One note: Check with the IRS and your accountant if you want to scan and dump old tax paperwork and the like. Generally, you want to keep 7 years or so of old taxes, but your accountant may recommend less.

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