How to Open MDI (Microsoft Document Imaging) Format with Office 2007

ยปยปยปHow to Open MDI (Microsoft Document Imaging) Format with Office 2007
When using Microsoft Office 2003 System Suite, you may see a printer named Microsoft Office Document Image Writer in your list of printers. In a situation such as when you don’t have access to a printer, but must print out some transient documents such as booking confirmation for concert, flight or train tickets, or receipt for online purchase, or you simply want to keep a soft copy of the documents in unmodifiable format so that the file can later be printed elsewhere, you can make sure of MS Office Document Image Writer by printing to this virtual printer which will subsequently create a file with .MDI extension.

MDI is a proprietary file format of Microsoft for storing raster images of scanned documents together with optional annotations or metadata, and can only be produced or read by certain Microsoft software, such as Microsoft Office Document Imaging (MODI) module included in Microsoft Office 2003 and later. However, when you upgrade to Windows Vista and Office 2007, or bring the MDI files via USB flash drive or email to another computer with only Office 2007, you will encounter an error of “Windows cannot open this file”, and subsequently ask you to either let Windows to go online to look it up automatically, or manually select from a list of programs that are installed on computer.

The problem happens because “Microsoft Document Image Writer” feature is not installed by default when you run Office 2007 setup. So in order to open and view or print the MDI files with Office 2007 installed, try one of the following workaround or resolution.

Firstly, you can insert the file or drag and drop the MDI file into a OneNote page to view it instantly.

Second is a permanent solution, by installing Microsoft Document Imaging Writer and its corresponding support for the file format.

  1. Go to Control Panel, select Uninstall a program link under Programs section.”
  2. High Microsoft Office 2007 (it may show Ultimate, Enterprise, Professional, Small Business, Home and Student, etc).
  3. Click on Change located on the navigation link near the top of the window.
  4. Select Add or Remove Features, then click Continue.
  5. Expand Office Tools section.
  6. Click on the drop down list for Microsoft Office Document Imaging and select Run all from My Computer.
  7. Click Continue.
  8. Click Close when installation done.

A new virtual printer “Microsoft Office Document Imaging Writer” is created and allows you to print to MDI format (a TIFF variant). And from now onwards you should be able to open any MDI files by simply double click on them. If you still can’t, try to restart your computer.

By | 2016-12-09T08:40:05+00:00 December 9th, 2016|Categories: Office|Tags: , |390 Comments

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  • Mike

    Most useful info. Many thanks!

  • Sri

    You are a life saver dude

  • Brilliant, not a clue why it's not in the default config but I'm glad someone knows how to get it back!

  • Dan

    Excellent! Thanks for solving this pesky problem.

  • Joann Nieman

    Can you publish directions for Windows XP and Office 2007? I lost the mdi capability with Office 2007 but am still running XP. Thanks for this post. At least I know I'm not crazy.

  • TJN

    Free mdi viewer with office 2000

  • Chiranjivee DEVKOTA

    Its great. I was able to open the MDI files immediately.

    Thanks a lot.

  • Ken

    Thank loads… I can't believe even Microsoft's web page that describes the mdi format doesn't include these simple instructions… Hello…

  • Kim

    Thanks a bunch I was able to open the file immediately . Very helpful and uaeful.

  • Ashwin

    Thank you very much.
    This is an excellent information.
    I was able to open .tiff files immediately.
    Thanks a lot again.

  • Vivi

    What a life saver! I've been trying to figure this out since I bought my new computer in March. It worked immediately–didn't even have to restart. THANK YOU.

  • Thanks for great tip. Its easy when you know how. Cheers

  • Mark

    Very helpful. Thank you.

  • Manuel

    I did the steps, and it loaded the image writer as a printer, but I still can't open the file. I have rebooted my computer, still not luck,

  • Eduardo

    Muchas Gracias.

  • admin

    Ensure that you select everything under the "Microsoft Office Document Imaging".

  • Thanks very usefull. Funny that Office 07 does not install this feature by default.

  • JT

    Thanks for the tip about OneNote – I'm glad someone RTFM ๐Ÿ˜‰ – nice !

  • Sam

    Thank You Thank You Thank You… Thank You!

  • Ram

    Most useful information, Thanks.

  • Vickie

    Thank you so much! Very helpful!

  • abid

    how can we edit the document.
    i need to edit a MDI file.

  • jb

    This is the first place that said to select "Run all from my computer". That was the first time I was able to get MODI to actually show up as an option for opening TIFs

  • Helpful, thanks for the advice friend!

  • Ananth

    Thanks a lot dude. very helpful.

  • Dizzii

    Thank you so very much for your help. The information was exactly what i needed. I wish i had found this page ages ago.

    THanks again

  • J-Rock

    This info was great! You guys were a real help and I very much appreciate your work.

  • thank you for putting this up. it has helped alot.

  • Thank You!

    It helps to solve a confusing problem. Cool!

  • Pho

    Great, Was wondering why i couldnt find that after i U/G to 2007

    Thanks for the tips ^.~

  • Vishnu Babu

    Thanks, Info was really helpful.

  • AP

    Wow.. that was great. I wish Microsoft's website had such clear instructions. Excellent work!

  • This information was perfect. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

    I hope to be able to publish such useful information in the future as well.


  • Hassan

    Many many thanks it solv my problem. I jast opened one note that was it ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks one more time

  • Thinus

    Thank you for posting this. This is a much better explanation as what MS gave.

  • JS

    Why can't MS do the little things right? Why could they not think that we'd want to keep our old files? Half the time I get an MS "upgrade" I feel like I'm going backwards.

    Thank you for filling in the gaps.

  • Thank you so much, I'm glad someone is smarter than the microsoft programers!

  • Dee

    Thank you so much! I upgraded to MS Office 2007 between semesters only to find I was unable to grade the multi page tif's in '07! What a lifesaver you have been!

    An onloine instructor

  • Jim

    After I installed the Microsoft Document Image Writer, I still couldn't open my .MDI files. I finally figured out that I had to right click on the file, select "open with", and then browse to find the application (because it didn't show up in the programs list). In Windows XP and using Office 2003, the progam file is located in C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft SharedMODI11.0. I found that location by opening the program from the Start, All Programs, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Office Tools menu, and then right clicking on the Microsoft Document Imaging program.

  • Ed Hunter

    Thanks x1000! Good thing your page showed up at the top of my google search. This fixed my issue where my TIFs were being opened with image viewer when I need them opened with MS Document Imaging.

  • Patrick Murphy

    If worse comes to worse, remember you can always pine the info from opening a MDI file in notepad and cutting and pasting the info in a readable format.

  • im on vista and office 2007 and that didn't work. any ideas why? i restarted..still no luck.

  • john

    Well that worked like a charm. I'm running XP Pro with Office 2007. Why Microsoft cannot be as forthcoming with an easy answer I'll never know.


  • Rikaz

    Thanks you so much for your step by step explanation,I had this problem for last two months and now I have been able to overcome it with your guidance.Thanks again.

    Rikaz from Srilanka.

  • aouani

    thanks you are really you best

  • Carlo

    Dude, you are a genius! Thank you so much!

  • Not available in Office XP, contrary to Microsoft`s claims. Any download location would be appreciated.

  • KJ

    Thanks a lot for posting this, it was really helpful!

  • dayloft

    Thank you,thank you,thank you!!!!!!!!!Great tips!It works!!

  • Palmetto

    Anybody know why MODI crashes whenever I click any selection on the Menu bar? I don't have any problem opening .TIF files, but whatever I click I get "Microsoft Document Imaging has encountered a problem…" Sending the error report doesn't get any results.


  • Seabra

    Thank you so much for this. Worked perfectly both in my computer with XP and Office 2007 Enterprise and my girlfriend's Vista with the same office.

    Thank you!

  • FieNd


  • Cis

    It may occur that your tiff files are not opened, sinc the upgrade to office 2007. In that case, check for the solution for this problem

  • cazz

    Thanks, article was very informational and steps were straight forward to follow!

  • Anupam


    Thanks for the article which has helped me to open the MDI files again, after installing Office 2007.

  • Otonye Braide

    Thank you so much!!! It worked like a charm.

  • DiM

    Thank you so much for this!!! I try to find it 2 day, and finally found. Now all work perfectly.

    Thanks again.

  • muddassir

    Thanks for the 2nd steps mentioned. I was trying hard to open a .MDI file and the method u mentioned by again installing it from office worked for me

  • Andy E

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gary Tompkins

    I tried your tip .In tools it said (with a red x over it,) not avaiable. I have MS office 2007 enterprise edition. Are there any downloads available?

  • Thanks for the article. I also found out today that I could open MDI files with 'Windows Picture and Fax Viewer'. So all I had to do was right-click select 'open with' then choose 'Windows Picture and Fax Viewer'.

  • Thanks a lot! saved so much of efforts and tension.

  • P S K

    Great info, thanks a lot!!
    – the official Office website was useless

  • Peter

    Exactly wanted I wanted to know – and it worked! Thanks

  • Jica

    Worked great! Thanks for the tip

  • Bala

    Thank you very much.

    It was really very helpful & informative

    May your assistance help us in future.

  • Sridhar

    opening mdi file in onenote was very useful thank you so much ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lilly Griggs

    Thanks so much for this helpful information!

  • Marcelo

    Ho guy, Solution for my problem. Very cool tip!!!

  • Huss

    thanks for the help! nice tip!!!

  • Leroy

    It worked!


    HELLO WALL! Would one of you more IT oriented folks send this to the person in charge of the Office website.

    They need to see what REAL, simple, to the point, works exactly the way it says, help should look like! THANK YOU!!!

  • Jeff

    Thank you so much! This is greatly appreciated.

  • Paula

    Sweet! Exactly the help I was looking for.

  • Diwakar

    Awesome Info, thanks a lot. I some times think, Simple solution but yet tough to understand and find.

    Thanks for the Info,

  • Robert

    I could not get this to work. When I clicked on "Change," no option for "Add or Remove Features" came up. What am I doing wrong?


  • Matt

    Hey thanks for this little tutorial! It relieved quite a bit of frustration this morning.

  • Samarth

    Thanks for this. Accurate and simple.

  • Robert Loof

    Thanks a lot for the tip. Quick and easy.
    Robert L



  • Esta

    Hey Thanks!!!
    2 months of frustration solved inside 2 minutes. I wish Microsoft would add your second alternative to their knowledge base. You're a lifesaver.


  • Maria N.

    Thanks for your help. I transfered all my mdi files from my old computer running with windows xp and office 2003 to a new computer with windows vista and office 2007, and i could not open any mdi files. I followed your detailed steps in the permanent solution section, and the problem has been fixed. Thank you very much.

  • stanly


  • Thank you for this page. It helped a lot.

  • Ilya

    Thanks, Saved Me

  • Timz

    Thanks. This has helped me a whole lot.

  • yoyoyo

    This really saved me…. thanks!

  • PNG

    Thank u

  • Thanks a bunch. Now I know what the Microsoft Office Document Image Writer function is.

  • pandora

    thank u so much for the article. its very helpful.

  • Rajiv

    Thanks a lot. This was of great help

  • Jessica

    you are my saving grace!!! I have been writing a course project for school and like an above comment months of frustration settled in less than 2 minutes thank you so much!!

  • Fonzarello

    This only installs the viewer, you still cannot print to TIF with MODI.

  • edm

    Thank you so much! And it does let me print to MODI!

  • Shawn

    Wow! That actually worked! Thanks!

  • Jim

    This is absolutely fantastic!

    I ran into a problem initially, so here's my story: You must choose "Run all from my computer." I chose "Run from my computer" first time, and it didn't work.

  • Juzer Mohammedhusain

    Thanks for this very simple and accurate explanation. It helped me with regard to my zakaat and khumus payments that i had paid earlier, but whose figures were missing. Thanks again

  • EduM

    Muito obrigado!!!
    Havia instalado o Office 2007 e nao conseguia abrir os .MDI

  • EduM

    Wrong language! hehe
    Anyway, thanks for the tutorial!
    I had updated my Offic to 2007 and since then I wasn't able to open my MDI files!

    nice work!

  • Magnus Wilson

    Thank you very much! it most certainly worked! im not a newbie when it comes to computers, but little things like this that seem complicated, yet are so easy to fix make me feel illiterate.

  • SJ

    Thanks a Lot! Not only did it help… it has provided with a explorative option with the all new MS Office 2007.

    Keep on the good work!

  • arul

    it was very useful. thanks !

  • Elyse

    THANKS!!! I finally found this website and your advice perfectly fixed my problem!

  • Amit

    Thanks for sharing…
    Really useful

  • Shreekant

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  • agnes

    it helped! thanks a lot!!!

  • Lib

    Thanks this was amazing help, at least I dont have to phone clients and ask them to send stuff in different formats!

  • jhon

    Thanks! It works great! When I upgraded to office 2007 I could not see this file until I reach this site!

  • felique

    excelente comentario me saco de una…
    yo buscanndo el visor jaja lo logre hacer con onenote

  • Debbie

    we have just received an email with a mdi file but we have office 2003 but wont let me open an mdi file can some one come up with an idea.

  • LebanonOz

    For Debbie and others who have Office 2003 but the .mdi files do not open automatically…

    Double-click the .mdi file
    At the “Windows can not open this file” prompt
    Click “Select the program from a list”
    Click OK
    In the “Open With” window
    Click the Browse button

    It will default to the “drive_letter”:\Program Files folder
    Double-Click Common Files
    Double-Click Microsoft Shared
    Double-Click MODI
    Double-Click 11.0
    Double-Click MSPVIEW.EXE

    You will be back in the “Open With” window
    Make sure the “Always use the selected program…” box is checked

    Click OK

    .MDI files will now open with MS Office Document Imaging anytime you double-click one.

  • Bobby

    Thank's it's really help

  • Marty

    This worked! Thanks so much LebanonOz!
    For Debbie and others who have Office 2003 but the .mdi files do not open automatically…

    Double-click the .mdi file
    At the “Windows can not open this file” prompt
    Click “Select the program from a list”
    Click OK
    In the “Open With” window
    Click the Browse button

    It will default to the “drive_letter”:Program Files folder
    Double-Click Common Files
    Double-Click Microsoft Shared
    Double-Click MODI
    Double-Click 11.0
    Double-Click MSPVIEW.EXE

    You will be back in the “Open With” window
    Make sure the “Always use the selected program…” box is checked

    Click OK

    .MDI files will now open with MS Office Document Imaging anytime you double-click one.

  • st

    thank you very much..rep :p
    it is very useful knowledge

  • Roni

    Thank you so, so much it worked perfectly when I tried the onenote remedy, I just had to figure out which bullet to choose……choose the one that says insert to print

  • juank

    Awesome help guys!! Saved me from a dreaded chargeback!!!

  • John

    Thank you very much!! very helpful

  • Munish

    Thank you for putting out the solution to open the file in office 2003.

  • Akshay

    Thank you very much!!

  • Rick Shultz

    Worked like a charm. Great to find answers readily available!

  • Arif

    Heeeeehoooooooo…. Kudoooos……… Wish you all the best people.

  • Andrew Krainin

    Worked perfectly (and I have Office 2003)! When will Microsoft make it's online help as easy to use as your website?


  • Sunil

    Wow – this worked like a charm!! Kudos!

  • CMD

    Can't say thank you enough! I've spent four days trying to open a file – – with two IT people unsure of how to fix this. Your simple, easy to understand instructions were most excellent. Please know your time and energy in typing this out is appreciated by all of us. Have a wonderful 2009!

  • Kevin

    Thank you!!!

    Great help and real easy to do.


  • Ralph Mouse

    Whew! Saved a boy's homework!

  • Esen

    That helped, thank you

  • sam

    You are a life saver

  • Saritha

    To resolve this issue, install the Microsoft Office Document Imaging program. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. Click Start, click Run, type appwiz.cpl, and then click OK.
    2. In the Currently installed programs list, click the 2007 Office version that you have installed.
    3. Click Change.
    4. Click Add or Remove features, and then click Continue.
    5. Expand Office Tools.
    6. Click Microsoft Office Document Imaging, and then click Run all from My Computer.
    7. Click Continue.

  • You saved my life. Thanx so much.

  • Shilpa

    This was a great help……
    I really appreciate.


  • Michael

    Outstanding. You ROCK.

  • thanks for this help..i was so mad to our Catering Dept. for sending me this kind of file, i can't open it with any programs suggested by the microsoft office..a BIG THANKS REALLY

  • Michael


  • Tory

    Nice!!! Thank you SO much!

  • Kimberli

    Thank you! Your workaround was a perfect solution and a real lifesaver!

    (windows vista, office 2007 home edition)

  • Rayya

    Yet another thank you – why on earth can't MS have this on their website???

  • Bangaru Surya

    Saritha, thanks

    It works


  • Tendekai Francis

    You are a great wizard! Thank you!!!!

  • Tom

    I applied "fix" as described and partially sloved my problem thank you. I can now open .mdi files but the wrong program is associated with .mdi files which prevent a double click opening of said files. How do I delete the "chossen programs to open" this type of file. MSVIEW is not one of my choices when I right click, but several others are and have been chosen in the past an " tries and says con not open this file. Thanksmedia center"

  • Bdubs

    Thank you very much…. WHY MICROSOFT couldn't have just explained that on the 10 pages I found related to that file format…oh wait we keep buying ther monopolistic mistakes thus rewarding there incompetance.

    SUPPORT PIRATING MICROSOFT SOFTWARE… or better yet donate to User based groups who design intelligent software that works.

    Add this 35 minutes of wasted time searching & fixing to the weeks & months of lost productivitiy I've experienced thanx to M$.

    I see a Microsoft Name Tag & i start punching!

  • Zee

    Thank you! U saved me!

  • ali

    Thank you very much

  • David

    I spent half the day looking for a blasted mdi format converter.
    Even MS didn't list anything thst I could find.
    Without your help I'd still be looking.
    Easy when you know how.

    Thank you so very much


  • Reetesh

    Thanks a lot for this info!!!!

  • Tony

    I tried the above with Office Home and Student 2007. Does not detect changeable settings or programs. Sends me back to the unistall window. No solution. Imaging reader still not installed. sigh. Still wasting time searching.

  • hector

    no consigo la barra de herramientas de offce para poder descargas la funcion si pueden ayudarme

  • few moment of my time. THANK YOU…


  • Justin

    Thank You for taking the time to write this up. It's always appreciated when finding the answer doesn't take hours of digging in a Corporation's website.



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  • thank you

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  • Jtech

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  • RH

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  • You did it and solve the problem for me.
    10 of 10

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  • veneith

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  • Pat

    Oh thanks!

    The installation didn't work on my Vista64 machine but the OneNote idea worked great. I needed those receipts!

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  • Panda

    Thanks for all the help dude. The step by step procedure explained makes it very simple.

  • Sadaf


  • Joe

    Thanks for your step by step guide. EFF YOU MICROSOFT!!!

  • Vijay

    Thanks.It works !

  • Dr.sriram

    thanks a lot! it was very helpful. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Modi Sanjay

    Very Nice. Now i am able of open & take printout of .MDI (extension) file.

    Once again thanks a lot

  • Jesus Alvarado

    Thanks so much, very helpful and concise!!!

  • You.


    Thank you so much!

  • Good info for novice user.
    Keep informed others.


  • ramtin

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    Thanks A MILL…
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  • siraj

    Thanks for your help

  • Pratik Bankda

    Thanks for the help,

    Now I can open MDI files easily and convert them into TIFF format.


  • Praveen

    Gr8..thanks for the help

  • AWK

    FANTASTIC!!! Your advice on how to configure Win for .MDI files was perfect and very well timed for us – thanks a million. The windows website was pretty much worthless on this issue. Take care.

  • Amy

    Great advice, thank you.

  • Alexander

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  • Ali Assadi

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  • Robinson

    Muchas gracias, me ayudo a resolver el problema de imprimir los mdi de office 2003 en office 2007.

    Gracias por sus buenos consejos, sus publicaciones son mejores que las que da el propio fabricante, es decir microsoft.

  • Edith

    sorry,the whole process well followed but it can't work.Thanks for other help.

  • shock

    Thanks a lot, now it is working fine.

  • sanath

    Really helpful

    Thanks a lot

  • Shenell

    Thanks a million!! I have tried for days to figure out why I couldn't open my old files. I should have googled this to start with.

  • Raj

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  • Rasheed

    Thank you! simple and direct

  • vampiroos

    thank you a lot
    you saved my life!

  • Champions!

    Concise instructions that solved the problem. Mircosoft site was useless in helping.


  • Alexander


    Again proving what a BAD sw company microsoft is when it comes to actually helping customers.

    Thanks again,


  • ACR

    Thx just what I needed and easy to follow. Microsoft shud be embarassed by poor svc to their sw.

  • Hiii, thanks was really helpful tip, i was trying this for many days. Thanks again

  • Bob

    AbFab – clear instructions, and instructions that work. In My Favourites.
    Many Thanks

  • Susan

    great instructions! clear, concise and correct! thanks!

  • rick

    another option is to click the "open file with" button when the error pops up… choose windows picture and fax viewer and now you can look at these files

  • Ramon

    Thanks! This was _exactly_ what I needed!

  • Sandra

    Thanks so much!!!I thought I would never have MDI again when I purchased microsoft office 2007. I'm glad I searched online and found this site!!! This is so helpful!!!Thank you!!

  • Ankit G.

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  • Mert

    Excellent! Thanks a lot!

  • perry

    Thanks for the solution that microsoft couldnt give me

  • Lynne Waggoner

    Thank you so much!

  • Dr. M. K. Hassan

    Thanks a lot this saved me a lot of trouble trying to downgrad from Office 2007 to Office 2003. Best regards

  • Anis Lughmani

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  • Jude

    Thank you! It worked!

  • abdull

    thanks guys, it worked

  • Karen

    Thank you for the step by step instructions…it now works. I was wondering why my MDI files would not open on my Vista laptop. I have no idea why MS likes to make things so difficult. I wonder if I will run into the same problems when I eventually upgrade my XP to Windows 7.

  • Nandita

    Thank You so much.
    I needed the information, n I got from this site.
    Microsoft was unable to help me!

    Thanks once again, for the step by step procedure.

  • Ramy

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  • malyn

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  • JJ


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  • This article was very useful and precise. Thank you!

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  • Shukresh

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  • ash

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  • green

    thank you very much..
    Very helpful!

  • Amren

    Thank you for the article. It is precise and straight to the point, helped me easily solve a very big problem with the .mdi document format.

  • Thanks a lot, saved me a lot of time!

  • ju

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    really help..thank you

  • Terryn

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    Awesome! This information was more helpful than Microsoft's website. Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Thanks man! worked fine!!

  • Pere

    Workes super for me! thanks a lot man…

  • A simple easy to follow answer that worked great – thanks

  • Hemant

    Thanks a lot-excellent, clear instruction.Great help!

  • siao

    This advise would be very useful to me as I have a lot of OCR materials that I use for my research. Unfortunately, Im stuck in the number 5 "Office Tools" section as my computer only offers the following selection:

    Run from my computer
    Run all from my computer
    Installed on first use
    Not available

    There's no option for "Microsoft Office Document Imaging" as everybody seem to be getting. What do I do? An email from you would surely be a big help.

  • Nar

    This is very useful. Thanks very much!

  • Satyabrat pradhan

    Thanks a lot…I got exactly what I was seraching over google…great stuff

  • leandro

    saved my day! very practical easy guide for everyone. thanks!

  • jaybuch

    to the point help -very much un-microsoft.

    thanks a lot

  • david

    thanks, is very helpful to your instructions!

  • Derek

    Thanks a lot. Why did they disable this feature by default?????

  • Steve

    Great guide, thank you very much ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Line_NoIZe

    Thanks for the information I am tech savy and did not think about that I actually built a crappy converter ASM program to change to .TIF I just assumed that this would work since I had upgraded my copy from 2003 wierd that microsoft ignored previously installed settings.
    Typical of the evil empire another reason to use open office….

  • Mshimba

    Thank you very much for this guide. Helped me out of a potentially embarrassing request to be re-sent a document saved with a .mdi extension.

  • Alison

    Helped alot thanks v much

  • Moona

    thanks it is simple and really helpful

  • Mohammed

    al yemen

  • Raj

    Alternately you could even check if MODI is already installed on your PC. Goto Start->All Programs->MicrosoftOffice->MicrosoftOfficeTools.

    Open MODI and use the file menu option open to open the required .MDI format file.

  • jamaludin

    Its work, now I can manage and print .mdi files.

    Thank you for the information and instantiation procedure.

  • jamaludin

    Its work, now I can manage and print .mdi files.
    Thank you a lot….nice job and I appreciate

  • PG

    It works thanks for the post

  • zafar

    Thanks a lot as it really helps

  • asghar

    thanks a lot -you helped us better than microsoft
    thank u thank u thank u thank u thank u thank u

  • andre

    great tips! saved me a lot of time!

  • Manju

    Its worked for me…Thanks a lot..:)

  • Manju

    Hi Its woked for me to thanks a lot bro.

  • Kofi Bruku

    Great! thanks, it worked.

  • Chez

    New computer – same issue as siao (6mar). Have used MODI printer a lot since office 2003 and through 2007 via "tools" and couldn't fathom why my installation didn't give me the printer option no matter what I tried. Couple of frustrating hrs later I finally found the answer. According to MS – this feature is not available and cannot be installed on a computer running a 64bit operating system (Windows7) by design!! Well thanks a lot again MS for the continued support – not!!!

  • glx

    the information provided here was very useful was soo clear too. thaks to this man ……

  • Jo

    Thank you soooooooooooooooooooo much!!!!!!!!!!

  • andrianto

    thank you for solving the problem.

  • rathish

    thanku very much

  • 7amadino89

    Thank very much….

  • shanti

    good one.It helped when i am in need


  • Happy Helper

    Hey thanks!
    Now we can open and print the application form my wife received.

  • krish

    thanks. It worked.

  • Rufus


  • Omar Ruiz

    Thank you very much, you helped me a lot !

  • Ernie

    dude~ you light up my days…
    Great Job!

  • LLF

    Good sharing… its helps to explained my Q

  • pallav

    thanks a lot dude!!

  • pian


  • Svetlana

    Many thanks for this – took me a few minutes and solved my proble ๐Ÿ™‚

  • papy

    thank very much!

  • Peterpp

    MDI2PDF the solution is not to lose your mdi.

    DM & Co – will be fu … began with the "x" not to open offices in the past and now this.



  • Las-vi

    Thanks have done great help.I was wondering to download MDI converter,but suddenly I found your advice. Fantastic.problem solved within seconds. las vi

  • Anonymous

    God bless u! Youve saved me 3hrs of work.

  • Faeze

    Thanks for your good explanation

  • Thanks for Helped and good explain.

  • Ginger

    Forgive me for barging in; I know I am behind the eight ball on this one, I could use some serious help. I have been dealing with major DELAYS due to the economic and social stigmas. The bottom line is… TIFF transfer files from ancient & archaic document control systems and I need to find something that will work on a continual basis, without costly contracts, that I can maintain myself, and basically for free. Is there anyone out there in the Charlotte NC area willing to help me with this, I know that I will need to develop this myself as a gift to the employer… It will always be the same type of documents over and over until it is completely automated. My contact information is 704 340-7095. Thanks for any assistance you can provide.


  • Faisal

    The information above is really helpfull.

    I congradulate the admin for his/her/their efforts.

  • Balaji

    Perfectly working. Thanks for sharing.

  • Dhamodaran T

    Thanks for the information. It is of great use………

  • Bipin

    thanks for sharing with us. It was very useful ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kishan Kr

    and there is a work around to open *.mdi files

    1. Right click the file and select "open with".
    2. select a installed programm to open the file.
    3. Browse to C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft SharedMODI11.0
    4.Open with MSPVIEW.EXE.



      Sir, What is MDI – TYPE . nOW WE ARE USING THE OTHER. Is there any advantage in this . // Presently we are – viewing thro – Picassa . Can we avoid this & see/ print directly ? I need to print Letters/ accounts etc only . No photos.

  • Jules

    It didn't work for me.

  • Amir

    thanks a galaxy! it was trully useful Ta!

  • A nay Shukla

    This works!!!

    posted in 304:

    and there is a work around to open *.mdi files

    1. Right click the file and select “open with”.
    2. select a installed programm to open the file.
    3. Browse to C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft SharedMODI11.0
    4.Open with MSPVIEW.EXE.


    • Ludi

      Thanks Shkula !

      Very helpful.
      Spent about 8 hours with other proposed solutions, with no success.
      Yours worked in seconds ( Vista ).
      Thanks again!

  • Johnson

    It worked…..

  • Custe

    Nice, simple and actually works! Did not evenm need administrator priviledges! Thanks

  • weedee

    it was very very useful. Thanks.

  • Radhakrishna

    Thanks a ton!! Kishan Kr

  • kumar

    awesome… thank you.. that was very helpful.

  • kumar

    awesome, that was a great tip and was very helpful

  • mgk


  • Stanton

    Thanks! This saved me some time

  • kevin

    10x a lot man .. it worked .. u saved my life ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Christine

    Thank you so much for your very helpful article, it worked like a charm! What a service:-)

  • Emily K


    my work roster was emailed to me and i couldnt view it. with your help i was able to view it and my hours had changed!!!

    Thanks agsin!!!!


  • Dinesh k

    hi.. thks a lot

  • Jeevan


  • aziz

    hi guys..i need help..some my photoshop file has formated in drive i use prog "test disk" to recovery my file..when finished i try to open that file but test disk change to word program..then i try to open with fax viewer and other, that file shown me word with boxs…what must i do to open that files?…thk…

  • Greg

    Thanks for the tip. I did the MS Office change option and it worked great.

    Very useful information!

  • hashim

    thank you for sharing i was trying for 2 days….

  • Sri

    I have ofice 2010 professional, and i do not see "Microsoft Office Document imagining under tools drop down.

    apprecaite any help on this.

  • YOYO


  • Manoj

    Thanks…. very usefull

  • william

    Thks a lot. It's very usefull !!!

  • HSN

    100% working

  • Mohammad Bajouk

    Thumb up (Y)

  • Thank you so much for the instructions!!

  • Maxi

    thanks dude!!

  • Fahad

    Thnk to you help

  • Mang

    Thanks, that was really helpful.

  • atmokong

    100% work done. thanks.

  • Angelo Bos


  • terry s

    Really useful, thank you

  • Julian

    Thank you so much for the instructions!!

  • tehseen

    thanks very much

  • Dr JV Hebbar

    Thanks a ton. !

  • frank

    thanks guys!

  • grinder

    Very helpful, thank you!

  • Johnny

    You are the man!

  • Amar Shishodia

    thnx sir… it was really helpful

  • saurabh

    thanks…it's working absolutely fine

  • Abhijit

    really useful thanks a lot was searching for this thing from a long time

  • ankit maini

    Thanx buddy

  • Ameya

    Thanks a lot!!!I rem seeing this option somewhere but couldn't recollect!!!

  • Andrew

    AWESOME!!!Thank you so much.

  • Eddie

    Now I can do what my boss asked me to do. Darn.

  • ii

    is good

  • David

    So Simple. Why can't Microsoft give this simple information on their help site? I went there, and it did not explain a darn thing!!! Thanks to My Digital Life!!!

  • Edd

    Great, thank you very much.

  • Mark

    Tried to add this printer and wasn't successful.

    I'm running Windows7 64 bit.

    I currently have "Microsoft XPS Document Writer" printer installed. Maybe this is a problem?

  • Faizan

    Really helpful..Great, Thanks…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Taha

    Great Very Helpful Thanks

  • Gautam Pathak

    Thanks I Am trying this for last 6 hrs but finally i have done this thanks a lot

  • Nikhil Bhatnagar

    Thanx…it works

  • rajeev kumar

    thanks its working

  • Prashant

    It Worked. Thanks a lot.

  • ammy

    Great Very Helpful Thanks

  • Ramu

    Great Very Helpful Thanks

  • Khurram

    It was really helpful, my problem is solved now. Thanks..

  • Kurt D

    Thanks, This was all I needed. Been looking for a download and here it was there all the time, just needed to know where to look. Thanks AGAIN!

  • rachel

    oh thanks a lot!!it really is helpful!

  • Ashok Gupta

    Wow! It has really worked. Thanks to the team who worked this simple solution.

  • salm

    thanks thanks thanks thanks a lot

  • Prashanth

    Good Doc

  • Joe

    Thanks men it worked for me thank for the good job

  • Raja Sekhar

    Yah….. this article is very helpfull…………. i am able to install virtually MODI printer successfully………….. Thanks to all………………

  • Anant

    Thanks buddy………….. it worked for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Vamshi reddy

    Thanx a lot.. It worked..!


    FANTASTIC / FANTASTIC. This is just what I was searching , but no body could guide me. My brother suggested & tried your instructions . Just followed. I was successfull. Fantastic. This was very usefull in my Tally report printing as , with this – we can print page by page edit them etc. But I have one funny problem This directs to PICASSA & printing gets edited from there.- which is for PHOTOS. where as I want to print reports / texts etc. Please suggest what should I do – for – not touching PICASSA.


    FANTASTIC/ I was just looking for this. I had followed what was said . It was fine. But I have one problem. Why these go through – PICASSA ? Can it be avoided ?. Pl help.

  • astri

    thank you…now i can finish my work ๐Ÿ™‚

  • shendy wilandria

    Very great !! Thank You very much ! That’s really helpful .

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  • Chandan kushwaha

    thanks! very good solution

  • Vasu

    Thanks! Went the permanent route!

  • Nagnath Kulkarni

    Very GooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooD
    it works

  • Punit Singh

    Gr8t very much helpfull and shortest root.

  • Yinka


  • Luka14

    Thankyou so very much, absolute genius

  • Jason

    Unfortunately this doesn’t work anymore in Office 2010, here is a Microsoft website excerpt:

    “Currently, there is no viewer available from Microsoft to view .mdi files in Office 2010. To open an .mdi file, either use a third-party converter or convert the file to the .tiff format and then view the file in MODI from Office 2003 or from the 2007 Office System.”


  • ekta

    worked like a charm

  • Daljeet Singh

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  • Vineet Kumar

    Gr8 help. Excellent

  • Jathin


  • vinnu

    Thankx.. much appreciated

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