How to Configure Internet Explorer to Open Tif Files in Windows Explorer


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.

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