Use The ScanSnap Carrier Sheet To Scan Wide Documents

Use The ScanSnap Carrier Sheet To Scan Wide Documents

iX500 Carrier SheetSo you have two things: 1) A ScanSnap iX500, S1500/M, or ScanSnap S1100, and 2) a document that is too wide to fit in the ScanSnap’s document feeder. How the heck do you scan it?

One option is to use a Carrier Sheet. The ScanSnap iX500[1] comes with one, or you can buy a 5-pack on Amazon.

These carrier sheets are handy for scanning small, oddly-shaped, or delicate documents, but what is less known is the ScanSnap’s built-in ability to let you fold a document, put it in the carrier sheet, and have it automatically stitch the PDF back together.

Let’s see how it works.

Set The ScanSnap Carrier Sheet Settings

You probably don’t need to do anything to get all this to work. The ScanSnap Manager software detects when you are using the Carrier Sheet and should act appropriately.

However, if you want to have some control, go into your ScanSnap Manager Profile, and go to the Paper tab.

ScanSnap Paper Tab
ScanSnap Paper Tab

You’ll see a button titled Carrier Sheet Settings…. Click it.

A pop-up window will appear, and it will guide you through the rest of the way.

ScanSnap Carrier Sheet Settings
ScanSnap Carrier Sheet Settings

For our purposes, in the Save as drop-down, we will choose one double-page spread image, which will stitch together the two sides of our folded document.

If you are scanning delicate or small documents, you will probably want the other setting. That’s not what we’re doing here.

You can also adjust the paper size if you need to. I just leave it at Automatic detection myself.

Fold, Insert, Scan

Once we have our ScanSnap settings sorted out, it is time to get started.

I have this document that is too wide to scan.[2]

Wide Drawing
Wide Drawing

I folded it in half, and slid it in the Carrier Sheet that came with my iX500.

Document folded in Carrier Sheet
Document folded in Carrier Sheet

The trick with this is to have the folded edge as far up at the top and to the right as possible.

I then put it in my ScanSnap and hit the Scan button.[3]

You can see the resulting PDF here.

I am personally impressed with how it stitched the two halves together. You’ll notice that there is a slight line down the center. This will be more or less pronounced depending on how good you are at lining things up on the right-hand side.

I suspect that many ScanSnap owners leave that Carrier Sheet sitting in the box. I recommend that you play around with it if you have a scanner that supports it. It is quite handy.


  1. And its predecessors, the S1500 and S1500M.  ↩

  2. This is the problem with being Mr. Paperless. I always have a hard time finding good documents to demo this stuff with.  ↩

  3. If I was using the S1100, since it is not double-sided, I would need to run the Carrier Sheet through once for each side.  ↩

About the Author

Brooks Duncan helps individuals and small businesses go paperless. He's been an accountant, a software developer, a manager in a very large corporation, and has run DocumentSnap since 2008. You can find Brooks on Twitter at @documentsnap or @brooksduncan. Thanks for stopping by.

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Debra Atlas - April 9, 2014 Reply

I recently read your help information concerning how to use a carrier sheet for wide documents. It was very interesting and helpful.

However, I need some additional information on how to get a 8 1/2′” x 14″ carrier sheet for some legal sized documents that are on very delicate paper and really do require a carrier sheet of that size. I have a Fujitsu S1500 scanner. Please help! I have searched your website as well as eBay and Amazon and to my chagrin have not found any legal size carrier sheets.

Thank you!

Brooks Duncan
Brooks Duncan - January 18, 2014 Reply

Since the S1300i doesn’t “officially” support the carrier sheet (no idea why), there isn’t really a way to avoid the banner etc., other than editing the PDF after the fact.

This Amazon thread has some suggestions:

http://www.amazon.com/Does-carrier-sheet-ScanSnap-S1300i/forum/Fx2BQPQF772WUC5/Tx16EZVGJ5TPWEO/1/ref=cm_cd_dp_aar_al_a?_encoding=UTF8&asin=B000B5RYE4

Make Your Life Easier with Carrier Sheets « Fujitsu ScanSnap UK – Welcome to your productive, mobile, paperless, efficient life - July 4, 2013 Reply

[…] Have you ever wanted to scan important documents but found that they were too large or oddly shaped to fit in your ScanSnap’s document feeder? One way around this is carrier sheets, which can help with not only large documents but also small and delicate documents. For step by step guidance on how to use a carrier sheet for wide documents, check out DocumentSnap’s article: Use The ScanSnap Carrier Sheet To Scan Wide Documents. […]

Bill Rhodes - June 28, 2013 Reply

Can I scan a poster-size thing in with this method some way or another

Guest23490 - June 27, 2013 Reply

I have the ScanSnap S1300i. Will it work with that scanner?

    Guest23490 - June 27, 2013 Reply

    NM…..I didnt read the other 2 comments. I see that it does. LOL

      Guest23490 - June 27, 2013 Reply

      OK, after checking my actual Settings in ScanSnap manager for my S1300i, there is NO button for carrier sheet on the Paper tab nor any other setting that looks like it will enable carrier sheets. How will it work then?

        Brooks Duncan
        Brooks Duncan - June 28, 2013 Reply

        You can scan with the carrier sheet with the S1300i, but as you say there isn't an option in the software (no idea why). So, you can use it to scan small/delicate documents, but I don't see how you'd do the wide/folding thing.

          Lisa Waugh - January 17, 2014 Reply

          You can scan with the carrier sheet but I haven’t figured out a way to eliminate the checkerboard and instruction banner from being included in the scan. Has anyone else figured this out with the S1300i?

          bluesman33 - June 25, 2014 Reply

          I haven’t tried this but maybe the merge function would work

          Vicki Baker - September 2, 2014 Reply

          Does it combine them into one, but has the checkerboard?Can you use the crop function to get rid of the checkerboard?

Make Your Life Easier with Carrier Sheets « Fujitsu ScanSnap – Welcome to your productive, mobile, paperless, efficient life - June 21, 2013 Reply

[…] Have you ever wanted to scan important documents but found that they were too large or oddly shaped to fit in your ScanSnap’s document feeder? One way around this is carrier sheets, which can help with not only large documents but also small and delicate documents. For step by step guidance on how to use a carrier sheet for wide documents, check out DocumentSnap’s article: Use The ScanSnap Carrier Sheet To Scan Wide Documents. […]

fotofah - June 16, 2013 Reply

I have a ScanSnap S1300 and read about the carrier sheets. I bought a set of 5 from Amazon. I use mine mostly to be certain of no problems scanning tiny, flimsy receipts, but thanks for the tip about other uses as well. (I gave one of my 5 sheets to a friend who bought his S1300 after seeing mine, so he wouldn't have to buy a set of 5–possibly a lifetime supply!

    @bob_connelly - June 23, 2013 Reply

    That was my question after reading this article: will it work with the S1300? Glad to hear that it does, and I am going to have to get a set!

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