Since Office 2007 (and Vista), TWAIN has been kicked out in favour of WIA. As a result, it is no longer possible to use your favourite and robust TWAIN based scanner with Office 2007.
Most scanners come with the necessary software, and thus, you can circumvent the issue by using their software. However, there are various scanners - notably, office network scanners, like those on copiers, do not have such a tool. They have their driver's internal system which is callable in other software (like Office-applications). In the event that the driver is only supporting TWAIN interface for image acquisition, they do not show up in Vista's scanner list, and therefore, they cannot be used by Office 2007, the Vista scanning tool, and Paint (among others).
While there's nothing to be done to get your scanner to play nice with WIA (short of writing your own driver, or using a third party generic driver), it is possible for Office 2007 (in this case: Word 2007) to play nice with TWAIN by using a long-lost function in Office. The functionality for TWAIN is still present, but is no longer directly accessible. We can still use macros, though, which is just what we will be using.
Let's create a new macro for our scanner:
Sub InsertFromScanner() On Error Resume Next WordBasic.InsertImagerScan End Sub
Alright, so we have our macro and can do scanning. But it would be nice to actually have a button for it.
This is perfectly possible, although you can only add buttons in the Quick Access Toolbar.
If you have a whole bunch of computers on the same network scanner, you may want to copy the settings, rather than performing them each time on each computer.
ren "%HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates\normal.dotm" normal.orig copy /-Y normal.dotm "%HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates" copy /-Y scanning.dotm "%HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%\Application Data\Microsoft\Word\STARTUP" ren "%HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Office\Word.qat" Word.orig copy /-Y Word.qat "%HOMEDRIVE%%HOMEPATH%\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Office"
Note that copying these files will overwrite the normal.dotm template and Quick Access toolbar settings.
Original post: http://help.lockergnome.com/vista/ning-word-2007--ftopict68179.html
Tested by myself at a client with these problems.