Tagged Image File Format, also known as TIF or TIFF, is a computer file format used for archiving images and image galleries. TIFF files are used by image manipulation programs, such as Adobe Photoshop, and can also be seen as default files of many image scanners. Internet Explorer is capable of opening TIF files, but you have to select the web browser to be the default program for displaying every .tif or .tiff image.
Locate the TIFF image file at "Start" - "Pictures" (in Windows Vista) or "Start" - "My Documents" - "My Pictures" (in Windows XP). Right-click on a TIFF file icon.
Click on "Open With."
Select "Choose Default Program" from the hover menu, if Internet Explorer is not listed immediately.
Click on "Recommended Programs" or "Other Programs" until an Internet Explorer icon is visible.
Select the "Internet Explorer" icon. Click on the "Always use the select program to open this kind of file" check box. Click on "OK" to confirm configuration settings.
Tips & Warnings
- TIFF files may have an extension of .tif or .tiff. These steps work for both file extensions of TIFF files.
- Some scanners save in "Start" - "My Documents" or "Documents" by default. You can check that folder location for scanned .tif files as well.
- Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images
How to View TIF Images
TIF (Tagged Image File Format) images support up to 48 pixels per bit and work with all platforms including Unix, Mac and...
How to Install AlternaTIFF ActiveX
AlternaTIFF is a popular freeware utility for browser-based viewing of TIFF files. But if you want AlternaTIFF to work in Internet Explorer,...
How to Open TIFF Files
Developed by digital scanner manufacturers during the advent of desktop publishing in the 1980s and initially used predominately on Macintosh computers, the...
How Can I Get Windows XP to Open a TIF File?
Short for Tagged Image File Format, TIFF is a digital image format. Most commonly used within print publications and by designers using...
IE Suddenly Can't View Any Pictures on Websites
Internet Explorer has several features and functions that can prevent you from viewing pictures while you are surfing the Internet. If the...