Steps on how to print a .tif file with Windows 7 64bit Office 2010


  • If you are like me and many others who have gone through some type of upgrade including Windows 7 or Office 2007 or 2010 then you have probably lost the functionality to use Microsoft's Document Image Printing.

    After a lot of research, I finally pieced together a number of suggestions that allows me to complete this workflow efficiently without needing to do the alternate "internet fax" steps.

    The following Steps work for Office 2010 applications on Windows 7 64 bit OS.

    Here is what I did:

    Install the Microsoft Office Document Image Viewer (MODI)

    1) To do this, go to this article and follow the steps for downloading and installing Microsoft Sharepoint 2007:

    You will need to download this installation file, and then perform a custom install of its components. If you are like me, you don't care about anything except for the Document Image Writer component. These steps are outlined in the article.

    Upon completion of this phase, verify that you now have an application called Microsoft Office Document Imaging (MODI). You can search this in your start button. It should find an application with a path similar to this:

    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\MODI\12.0\" where the exe file is the following: MSPVIEW.exe

    Print to a file in the .tif format

    Microsoft Word steps (or similar office tool)

    1) You can select the print preview icon to pop up a preview configuration window.

    2) Now choose Fax as your printer from the drop down.

    3) Now go back into the drop down and select 'print to file'. It should be listed as your last choice at the bottom under the words 'add printer'. In some applications like Microsoft Outlook, this is not an option so you must perform a different step listed below. 

    4) In the 'save as' window, change the file type to 'All files .'

    5) Now name your file but be sure to include the extension ".tif" at the end. Example = Test Image.tif

    Your file should now be saved as a .tif and can be opened in MODI just like usual.

    Microsoft Outlook steps

    One difference with Outlook is that the 'print to file' option is not available directly in the drop down of the print preview printer selection window. Use these steps to complete the same routine:

    1) Open an e-mail and choose the print preview icon.

    2) Now choose a printer called 'Fax'

    3) Now you will see a button below the word 'Fax' called Printer Options. Click on it.

    4) In the window that pops up, towards the top right you will see a check box called 'print to file'. Check this box.

    5) Now click the print button to bring up the 'save as' dialog box.

    6) As before, change your file type to 'All files' and give your file a name. Remember to add the extension of '.tif' at the end. File name should look like this = Test Email.tif

    Your file should now be saved to your directory as a .tif file that can be opened with MODI.

    NOTE: .prn files can be opened in MODI directly or you can simply rename the extension to .tif and open in MODI.

    Open a .tif file in Microsoft Office Document Image viewer

    The .tif file you created will initially have an unrecognized format. Right click on the file and choose open with, then browse to find then application. The path is listed above but is as follows again:

    "C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\MODI\12.0\" where the exe file is the following: MSPVIEW.exe

    Once chosen, you will now see the option to choose Microsoft Office Document Image viewer and .tif files will open into it by default.

    I hope that everyone can benefit from this being organized into one post. I spent two days researching this before I was able to complete these steps.

    Other suggestions that I had researched were the print to internet fax option which yielded an awkward pop up window that contained the .tif image that I could copy and paste to my desktop and then cancel the window. This was painful and I knew there had to be a better way.

    To Microsoft:

    Although I can understand the test case of printing a fax directly to the internet, there is a scenario that you have missed the mark on. Many times with expense reports, you have to compile a variety of files in different formats into one message before completing your fax. The MODI tool is perfect for this as you can print to a .tif image from a variety of applications like word, outlook and then combine them all together. you can even add your scanned images so that everything is in one file. I then e-mail the combined file to an e-mail address that automatically reads a barcoded image from the first page in order to validate the submission of my expense report.

    I would imagine there are a number of businesses that perform similar activities with combining scanned images/faxes/print to file documents and with the upgrade to Windows 7/Office 2007 and or 2010, it shouldn't be this hard. Perhaps there is a simpler method yet that I have not found in any of your reference material. Please consider this feature as an option to directly print to a .tif file directly and include MODI on future installations of Office.

    Thank you.

    28 กุมภาพันธ์ 2555 1:26


  • Wow.. thank you so much for this information!  You are a life saver.  Just like you said, I really needed this to submit my expense reports, and I been pulling my hair out trying to get this to work.  Followed your instructions and I now have it working on my Win 7 64bit.  Awesome!


    26 กรกฎาคม 2555 22:36
  • Also, you can print to .tif using a free utiltity, pdfcreator. When you're at the point of saving the file, the drop down menu at the bottom, under where you name the file, has a huge list of file types to save to, including .tif. That way, you can save to .tif from ANY program you're in. I normally use cutepdf, but it only saves to .pdf, so this was a very welcome surprise to learn!
    2 สิงหาคม 2555 18:07
  • I found another way to print a .tif from an email. (It was late, and I was time to download lots of stuff!) Here is what I did:

    1.   I downloaded the .tif from an email as a zip.

    2.   I clicked "open."

    3.   I right clicked on the file name.

    4.   I chose "copy."

    5.   I opened a blank Word document.

    6.   I keyed "control / V"

    7.   It pasted, I printed.

    Now, I'm going to bed!!!

    • แก้ไขโดย Michelle Serpe 19 สิงหาคม 2555 5:13
    19 สิงหาคม 2555 5:12
  • Exactly what I was looking for.  This works great and easy to use.

    Thank you

    26 พฤศจิกายน 2555 22:58
  • The information you provided is helpful, but the only flaw in this process is the resolution cannot be set higher than 200 dpi using the fax driver.  I'm not familiar with MODI, but I thought it could output at a higher resolution.  I need 300 dpi at a minimum.
    20 มิถุนายน 2556 12:36
  • Thank you so much this helped us resolve a HUGH issue with using MODI for our Financial and HR departments. Which it should be noted to MS, it's not just expense reports but a means in which these departments maintain a multitude of "paperless" records that are searchable.  Too many times MS makes sweeping changes like this without understanding how their customers are using their products.... removing features or unnecessarily changing the format, yes format changes are inevitable, as well as features, but make some overlap and make sure the new "alternatives" are servicing your customers needs that they have been dependent on in the previous version(s) and having a migration path that works.

    Thanks again JStarbux for the help in solving our issue.

    6 กันยายน 2556 13:19
  • A BIG thank you for this post.  It works perfectly on a Win 7 64 box with Office 2007 (and 2010).  

    I recently upgraded the PC's in a department that used MODI to ocr select portions of tiffs.  It was a very important feature for them, and things got a little tense there for a while before I found this article.

    I now have a happy group again and they think I'm great.

    22 มกราคม 2557 20:25