What is a .RTF File And How To Open It – Microsoft (Easy Guide)

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Introduction

Have you came across a file with the .rtf extension and you don’t know what it is? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. Fear not, in this article we will show you how to easily open the .rtf file in few simple steps on various systems.

What is a .RTF file?

The file extension .RTF stands for Rich Text Format File. This file extension belongs to the developer Microsoft. The format of this file is text, and it is a text related file.

What to know

There are currently 4 software that can open the .rtf file on 4 platforms.

How to open a .RTF file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .RTF file on various operating systems.

How to open a .RTF file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

There are 4 simple steps to open the .rtf file on Windows.

1. The first step is to download the Microsoft WordPad software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .RTF file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the Microsoft WordPad software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .RTF file on Mac

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .rtf file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the Apple TextEdit and Apple Pages software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .RTF file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Apple TextEdit software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .RTF file on Android

We have written below an easy-to-understand guide on how to open the .rtf file on Android in few easy steps.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .RTF file in the download folder

The first step is locating the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

While trying to open the file, it won’t work.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

Please locate the app “Google Play Store” (picture above) and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

To open the file, you will need to download the MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro software. Please search for it in the Google Play Store and install it. The other software that opens the .rtf file on Android is MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Android.

How to open a .RTF file on iOS

To open the .rtf file on iOS, please follow these easy steps.

Step 1

Image 1: Finding your files in the download folder

First of all you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 2

Image2: Can’t open the file

In order to open the file, you will have to search for the MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro in the iOS App Store software and install it. You could also download the MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro software. Congratulations! You can now open your file on iOS.

Still cannot open the .RTF file?

If you are still unable to open the .RTF file, it might be because you are trying to open the wrong one. There are many similar file extensions that look like the .RTF file.rtfd – Apple, .rti – Real Tracker Instrument, .rti – Radek Sterba, .rtl – HP, .rtm – National Instruments. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .RTF file with the Microsoft WordPad program on Windows, Apple TextEdit, Apple Pages programs on Mac, MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro software on Android and MobiSystems OfficeSuite Pro software on iOS.