Canon Pixma MG5220: Scan Documents to Computer

The Canon Pixma MG5220 printer has the ability to scan documents to your computer. Before you try any scanning though, you have to have the proper software installed and know the steps.

1. Install the MP Navigator EX software located on the disc that came with the printer. If you don’t have the disc, you can obtain the software on the Canon website.

2. Select Start > Programs > Canon Utilities > MP Navigator EX > MP Navigator EX.

3. Select Photos/Documents.

4. Open the top of the scanner and place the document you wish to scan on the glass.

5. Set preferences on the screen as needed. Select the Scan button when ready.

6. The Pixma 5220 should start the scanning process. When it’s finished, select Save to save the document(s) as a JPEG, or select Save as PDF to save it in PDF format.


  1. Heather says

    Thank you Adrianne! That was just the solution I had been looking for… worked like a charm!

  2. Umar says

    Does the canon pixima MG5220 scan using its scanner and not have all of its ink cartridges

  3. Andrea says

    I would like to scan more than one document into a single PDF. Any idea how to do this?

  4. Adrianne says

    All you have to do is hold the Stop button down for a bout 5 seconds to reset the ink detection and the printer/scanner will be good to go again.

  5. Stef says

    Got the canon MG5220 and it works great. Scanner, copier, printer… all worked wonderful Had no problems at all with it. UNTIL… I ran out of black ink, but didn’t need to print, just scan. The scanning refuses to scan without ink. Is there a way to get around this? Thanks!

  6. jack says

    Yes, you need to install MP navigator. Using Windows, you can’t start a network scan from the printer itself (using the scan icon), but rather have to start it from MP Navigator and have the ‘network scan utility’ installed for wireless scans to work. Thanks for the tip.

  7. TJB says

    Placed document in scanner, set preferences, and selected scan. The PIXMA 5220 did not start automatically…what next???

  8. Pat says

    Finally, the correct answer for my “set the PC to start scanning” error. Thx for posting Mitch.

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