How to Save TIF Files

by Bonnie Conrad
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The TIF file format provides an efficient way to save image files to your computer, network drive or portable device. Unlike some other types of image files, TIF files are easily interchangeable with a wide variety of programs, from word processing programs and spreadsheets to journalism specific applications. Scanning a file into TIF format, or saving an existing image file in this new format, is one of the best ways to take advantage of the TIF format's inherent flexibility.

Scanning Documents

Step 1

Place the document to be scanned in your scanner, following scanner directions on which way it should face. Open your scanning software and initiate a new scan.

Step 2

Click on the "Save" button and select "TIF" from the drop-down box. Use the "Browse" button to choose the hard drive or network share folder where your TIF file should be saved.

Click "OK" to complete the scan. Right-click on the "My Computer" icon and choose "Explore" to open Windows Explorer.

Converting Documents

Step 1

Locate the image file you wish to convert to TIF format by right-clicking on the "My Computer" icon on the desktop. Choose "Explore" to open Windows Explorer and locate the folder containing the image file.

Step 2

Double-click the image file to open it. When the image software opens, click on the "File" menu.

Choose "Save As" from the menu and click the drop-down box next to "Files of Type." Choose "TIF" from the list and click "Save" to save the file into TIF format.


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About the Author

Based in Pennsylvania, Bonnie Conrad has been working as a professional freelance writer since 2003. Her work can be seen on Credit Factor, Constant Content and a number of other websites. Conrad also works full-time as a computer technician and loves to write about a number of technician topics. She studied computer technology and business administration at Harrisburg Area Community College.

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