open mdi on restricted pc with outlook web access

By istvan550 ·
We have a locked down pc in our warehouse department, they need to open and view a .mdi (microsoft doc image) they have no access to right click menu or disk write. This has to remain that way. Is there a way to display the mdi in outlook web access like a jpg or a bmp would?
Thank you, Steven.

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re .mdi file

by ThumbsUp2 In reply to open mdi on restricted pc ...

According to Microsoft:

File format comparison
While you can open and edit TIFF files created with Office Document Imaging by using many other graphics applications, MDI files can only be opened or edited in Office Document Imaging. If you are going to share files with people who are using Office Document Imaging 2002, or another document imaging program, save your files in TIFF format for compatibility.

In general, images that are saved in the MDI file format take up less disk space than the same images saved as TIFF files. The image quality of an image saved in the MDI file format is comparable to that of the same image saved in TIFF.

File format selection
There are different times within Office Document Imaging when you can choose the file format (either MDI with an .mdi extension or TIFF with a .tif extension) for your document:

Scanning a document - The scanning preset you choose determines the format the scanned document is saved in. You can create your own scanning preset or edit an existing preset to change the file format.

Saving a document - You can select the file format in the Save as type list in the Save As dialog box when you save a file.

Importing a document - The File Import preferences button on the Other tab in the Options dialog box (Tools menu) allows you to select the default file format for documents that you import from other programs.


Short take.... you can open TIF files in the browser, but not MDI files. Get them to send you the TIF format so it can be opened in OWA (the browser).

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