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How to open RTF files on a Windows 10 PC

Microsoft introduced RTF in the 1980s, but the company no longer updates the format. As such, RTF might be a slightly antiquated file type.

Nevertheless, there are plenty of Windows word processors and text editors that support the RTF file type.

MS Word, Corel WordPerfect, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, Notepad++, and AbiWord open rich text documents.

You can click File and select Open to edit an RTF file in most compatible software.


How can I open RTF files on Windows 10?

1. Convert RTF files on your PC to PDF using Adobe Reader DC

The easiest and most secure way to open an RTF file on your PC is by using Adobe Reader DC to convert it to PDF. This way your file will be safe and easy to share.

Taking advantage of the numerous functions of Adobe Acrobat Reader DC means that you will need fewer programs installed on your system, making it faster and more stable.

Additionally, you can even convert files to and from PDF and share them easily.

Here’s a quick overview of all the other features Adobe Acrobat Reader DC has to offer:

  • Open a large variety of files
  • Create PDF documents
  • Convert from PDF to Microsoft Word or Excel
  • Add passwords to documents
  • Add digital signatures
Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

This is the best tool if you want to convert your RTF files into a greatly more elegant format like PDF.

2. Open RTF Documents With Google Drive

  1. First, press the go to the Google Drive button on the GD homepage to open your cloud storage.
  2. Click on My Drive and select the Upload files option from the menu.
  3. Select the RTF file to save it in Google Drive, and click the OK button.
  4. When Google Drive includes your selected document, right-click the RTF file’s icon on the GD page and select Open with.
  5. Then you can select to open it in Google Docs as in the snapshot directly below.
  6. Note that opening an RTF in Google Docs generates a second copy of the document in Google Drive with a GDOC file format, which is the edited file.
  7. Click File, select Download as and choose Rich Text Format to restore the file back to RTF when you’ve finished editing in Google Docs.

However, you can also open a rich text file within Chrome, or other browsers that support Google’s web apps.

Google Drive (GD) is cloud storage with which you can save documents and then edit them via Docs and Slides.

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