How to Convert .Mdi to .Pdf

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Scanned documents are often saved as Microsoft Digital Imaging (.MDI) files from within Microsoft Office, but these are more difficult to search and share than a Portable Document Format (.PDF) file. While an .MDI file can only be opened with Microsoft Office and may lose some fonts or formatting depending on the recipient’s computer settings, a .PDF retains all fonts and formatting and can be opened on almost any computer with the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software. Converting an existing .MDI file into a .PDF file takes just a few steps with Microsoft Office.

  • Download and install the free Microsoft Office Save As PDF Add-in from Microsoft.

  • Launch Microsoft Word.

  • Go to "File" "Open" and double-click on the .MDI file you wish to convert into a .PDF.

  • Go to "File" "Save As" and choose "PDF (*.pdf)" from the "Save as Type" drop-down field. Click "Save."

Tips & Warnings

  • As an alternative to the free Microsoft Office "Save as PDF" plug-in, you can also use a PDF print driver. With this software installed, you can create a PDF from any file by opening the file, going to "File" "Print," and choosing the PDF print driver in lieu of your real printer. A new PDF document will then open on your computer.

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