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.RTF File Extension

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File TypeRich Text Format File

DeveloperMicrosoft
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CategoryText Files
FormatText

Text

This file is saved in a plain text format. You can open and view the contents of this file using a text editor.

What is an RTF file?

An RTF file is a common text file format that supports "rich text." It includes several types of text formatting, such as bold type, italics, different fonts and font sizes, and custom tab settings. RTF files can also support images such as .JPG and .PNG files saved within the text file.

More Information

The Rich Text Format (RTF) was introduced by Microsoft in 1987 and developed up until 2008 when Microsoft stopped updating the format. There have been many revisions to RTF over the years with most word processors supporting some version of the format.

One of the main benefits of RTF files is its interoperability between word processors and operating systems. This means that you can save the file in WordPad in Windows and open it in TextEdit in OS X with little change in formatting. Any changes in formatting can be attributed to the different versions of the RTF specification supported by different programs and program versions.

Common RTF Filenames

New Rich Text Document.rtf - The default name given to new RTF files created via the Windows context menu (right click in a folder and choose New → Rich Text Document).

Programs that open RTF files
Windows
File Viewer Plus
Microsoft WordPad
Microsoft Word 2016
Corel WordPerfect X7
Nuance OmniPage Ultimate
AbiSource AbiWord
Any text editor that supports formatted text
Mac
Apple TextEdit
Apple Pages
Microsoft Word 2016
AbiSource AbiWord
Wondershare PDF Editor for Mac 5
Any text editor that supports formatted text
Linux
AbiSource AbiWord
Les Hardy RTF Editor
iOS
MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro
Android
MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro
Updated 7/21/2016

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