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RTF file format

File extension
.rtf
File category
Programs
AbiWord
Kword
TextEdit
Main program
WordPad
Description

Rich Text Format (RTF) may not be the most popular word processing file format, but it is one of the most versatile. It is used for exchanging text-based files from a word processing file to another. For example, you can create and transfer RTF files to someone using Microsoft Word, as well as convert the same to Portable Document File (PDF).

Here are some of the characteristics or distinctive features of Rich Text Format (RTF):

  1. 1. RTF files have a smaller size because document history data is not stored.
  2. 2. Most word processors, such as Microsoft Word can read RTF files.
Technical details

How to create and how to open an RTF file

Do you want to learn how you can create a Rich Text Format (RTF) file? We must mention that RTF files were one of the earliest word processing file types, as the development dates back to the 1980s. Microsoft Word team was the team behind the idea.

You can create an RTF file directly from your Microsoft Word.

If you want to open an RTF file, all you have to do is to send or transfer the file to any device (computer or smartphone) that has a word processor, such as Google Docs and Microsoft Word.

You can use the following applications/programs to open your RTF file.

  1. 1. Google Drive
  2. 2. OneDrive
  3. 3. Google Chrome
  4. 4. WordPad
  5. 5. Dropbox
  6. 6. LibreOffice
  7. 7. TextEdit
  8. 8. AbiWord
  9. 9. Adobe Acrobat Pro DC

Which other formats RTF can be converted into and why

Rich Text Format (RTF) is one of the most versatile word processing file types. As such, it can be used alongside other word processing file formats.

We present to you, some of the other formats that RTF files can be converted into:

  1. 1. DOC
  2. 2. DOCX
  3. 3. PDF
  4. 4. TXT

DOC is the most popular alternative to Rich Text Format (RTF) because it is developed by the Microsoft Word team – the same team that developed RTF. Thus, you rest assured that Microsoft Word can conveniently be used to create, as well as convert Rich Text Format (RTF). You might also need to convert RTF files to PDF ones as they are easily converted and support inserting images.

MIME type
text/rtf