How to Convert Word Documents to Tif or PDF

Updated March 23, 2017

In Microsoft Word, you can convert a file to either the Portable Document Format (PDF) or to an image file. The TIFF (.tif or .tiff) file extension stands for Tagged Image File Format and is a common format for images. It may be helpful to convert a Word document to TIFF if you want to insert the file into another program or share it with others who don't have Word capabilities. In Microsoft Word 2007, you can convert to PDF via the "Save as" command. Converting to TIFF, however, requires the Microsoft Office Document Imaging tool, which is included with Office, but is not installed by default.

Install the Microsoft Office Document Imaging tool. This allows you to print to a TIFF file using the Microsoft Office Document Image Writer. It's included in Office 2003 (if you're using Office 2003, skip to Step 4) but is not installed by default in Office 2007. To install, click the "Start" button then "Control Panel."

Click "Programs and Features." Select Microsoft Office from the list of programs, then click "Change." Click "Add or Remove Features" and "Continue."

Click the plus sign next to "Office Tools." Click the arrow next to "Microsoft Office Document Imaging." Select "Run All from my Computer" and "Continue."

Open a Word document you want to convert.

Click the "Microsoft Office Button" (or "File" in Word 2003). Click "Print." Select "Microsoft Office Document Image Writer" in the "Name" list.

Click "Properties." Click "Advanced." Select "TIFF -- Monochrome Fax" under "Output Format." Click "OK."

Click "OK" in the "Print" window. A "Save as" dialogue box will appear. Select "View Document Image" and click "OK." The TIFF file will open in Microsoft Office Document Imaging.

Open a Word document you want to convert.

Click the "Microsoft Office Button." Scroll to "Save As" and select "PDF or XPS."

Type a new name for the file in the "File Name" field. Make sure "PDF" is selected as the format type.

Select "Open File After Publishing" if you want to immediately view the document.

Click "Publish."


If the Microsoft Office Document Image Writer isn't working, there are other ways to convert to TIFF. Convert the Word document to PDF, then open the PDF document in a photo editing program such as Adobe Photoshop. Click "File" and "Save as" to save the document as a TIFF file.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Office Document Imaging
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