An MDI file, which means Images of Microsoft documents, is a Microsoft proprietary image format used to store scanned document images created by the Microsoft Office Document Imaging (MODI) program. The program was included with Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007. It stopped working in Office 2010 and later. It has basically been replaced by the Windows Fax and Scan service.
Although MODI was not included with Office 2010, it can still be installed with Office 2010 in two different ways which I will explain later in the article.
If you have any versions of Office that include MODI installed, the easiest way to view an MDI file is to simply install MODI and open it. If you have Office 2010, you can install MODI or use third-party tools to view or convert the MDI file.
It’s also worth noting that if you have Microsoft OneNote installed on your computer, you can use it to open MDI files without having to install MODI. OneNote can also perform OCR, so if you use MODI for OCR, you can now use OneNote.
Install MODI on Office XP, 2003, 2007
To install MODI, go to the control panel and click Add / remove programs or Uninstall a program if you use Vista. If you’re using Windows 7 or higher, you’ll need to click Programs and features.
Then scroll down to Microsoft Office (Professional, Standard, etc.) and click on it. Now go ahead and click Exchange button.
make sure Add or remove features is selected and click Keep on.
Now expand Office tools, click the drop-down menu next to it Images of Microsoft Office documents and select Run it all from my computer.
This will install MODI and you can now use it to scan, view, annotate and OCR documents. You can open the BMP file and save it in a different format, such as TIFF using MODI.
Install MODI with Office 2010
If you have Office 2010 installed, you can still install MODI, but you will need to use previous media to install it. The first way is to simply download a free download from Microsoft called SharePoint Designer 2007. It is a free download and comes with MODI. However, when you install it, you must deselect everything except for the Microsoft Office document image, as shown below.
The other way to install MODI with Office 2010 is to use older Office 2007 media. If you can get an Office 2007 DVD, you can run the installation and choose Customize and do the same as shown above.
Convert MDI to TIFF or PDF
If you want to convert the MDI file to another format such as TIFF or PDF, you do not need to use MODI. Microsoft has a free tool called MDI to TIFF file converter, which is a simple command line tool.
Once you have downloaded and installed it, open a command prompt and go to the installation directory by typing the following command:
cd% ProgramFiles (x86)% modiconv
Once there, you can write mdi2tif – help to see how to use the program. I would suggest simply taking your MDI files and copying them to the file C: Program Files (x86) modiconv before using the tool. Doing this will make the order you need to write very simple.
mdi2tif.exe: filename of the source.mdi
The above command uses the file font and gives the file name. If you do not add any more parameters, it will look for filename.mdi in the modiconv folder, convert it, and output the file to the same directory. There are other parameters you can use, but the only ones that matter are dest i subfolders.
If you have a lot of MDI files to convert, you may want to use a slightly longer command like this:
mdi2tif.exe -source c: mdifiles -dest c: output -subfolders
If you don’t like the command line, you can use a third-party program to convert MDI to TIFF. Free MDI image viewer is a small free program that allows you to view MDI files and save them in other image formats. Download it, install it and run the program. Open an MDI file and click File – Save as. Choose TIFF from the options.
If you do not want to install any program on your computer, you can use a free online service called Zamzar to convert MDI to PDF, TIFF and many other formats. Zamzar is a great online tool to convert between different file formats.
So, these are basically all your options to open, view and convert MDI files. Unfortunately, there is no online tool that allows you to view MDI files directly in your browser. You need to download a viewer program or first convert the MDI file to another format. If you have any questions, feel free to post a comment. Enjoy it!