After you asked a colleague to send you work documents, you received files in RTF format. Not being particularly knowledgeable in the IT field and not having the slightest idea what format it is, before downloading them to your computer you would like to understand if your computer is able to open the files received and, if not, what are the programs to be used. to install. Is that so? Then let me tell you that you have come to the right place at the right time.
With today's guide, in fact, I'll explain how to open RTF from both Windows PC and Mac using one of the “standard” installed programs on your computer or using more advanced software to download and install separately. In addition, I will propose alternative solutions, such as online services to view files in RTF format directly from the browser that you usually use to browse the Internet or applications to install on your smartphone or tablet to open documents with RTF extension even when you do not have a computer available. How do you say? Are you looking forward to learning more about the topic and opening the received files? So let's not waste any more time chatting and let's get to work immediately!
Courage: make yourself comfortable, take five minutes of free time and read the next paragraphs carefully. Choose the solution that best suits your needs, try to put into practice the "tips" I am about to give you and I assure you that opening files in RTF format will really be a breeze. All I have to do is wish you happy reading and wish you a big good luck for everything!
Programs to Open RTF Files
For open RTF there are so many programs that you are spoiled for choice. The format in question, in fact, can be considered universal as it can be opened and modified by various programs and platforms. Here are a few programs to open RTF files that you can take into consideration.
If you do not intend to install additional programs to read the RTF files that have been sent to you or downloaded from the Internet, you should know that you can open these documents with WordPad, the text editor installed by default on all Windows PCs.
To open an RTF file with WordPad, start it, click on the entry Fillet present in the top menu, select the option apri from the menu that appears and double-click on the RTF file to view. Alternatively, right click on the RTF file of your interest and select the items Open with e WordPad give the menu to compare.
You should know that WordPad not only allows you to open and view RTF files, but also to make changes and save them. However, you may experience display problems with files that have particularly advanced formatting. If you want to avoid such problems, turn to the solutions that I will suggest later.
TextEdit is the text editor installed by default on macOS. This is a good solution for those who need to view the contents of a basic text file, but to open RTF files with advanced formatting or containing images it is preferable to rely on other software.
If you have not set the opening of an RTF file with another program, to open files with the RTF extension double-click on the file to view and it will be opened automatically with TexdEdit. Alternatively, launch TextEdit, select the file to open and click the button apri.
Among the programs to open RTF files is LibreOffice, an open source productivity suite that allows you to view, edit and save text documents with Writer, one of the applications included in it.
To download LibreOffice on your computer, connect to the official website of the software and click on the button Download now, dopodiché pigia sul pulsnte Download version [version] to start the download. Also, if you use a Poppy, you have to click on the item Translated user interface to download the language pack to translate LibreOffice into Italian (option present as "standard" in the Windows version of the software).
Once the program download is complete, you can proceed with the installation of LibreOffice. If you have a PC Windows, double-click the file LibreOffice_ [version] .msi and first press the button Run and then forward twice in a row and finally on Install.
If you use a Poppy, april il dmg package just downloaded, drag LibreOffice in the folder Applications macOS and open the latter, then right-click on the program icon and select the item apri from the menu that appears to start the program and avoid macOS restrictions for applications from non-certified developers (this is necessary only at the first start).
After starting LibreOffice for the first time on Mac, close it by pressing the keys cmd + q of the keyboard and proceed with the installation of the language pack. Then double-click the file LibreOffice_[versione]_langpack_it.dmg, right-click the file LibreOffice Language Pack and choose the item apri from the menu that appears. Then he presses the buttons apri e Install, select the voice /Applications/LibreOffice.app and click sul pulsating Install. Now, press the button Yes, identify meI inserted the password of your Mac and click the button OK for two consecutive times to complete the installation and have LibreOffice in Italian.
To open an RTF file with LibreOffice, double-click on the file in question and it will automatically start with Writer. If not, you need to associate opening RTF files with LibreOffice: su PC Windows, right click on any RTF file, select the item Property from the menu that appears and presses the button Change present accanto alla voce Open with, then select LibreOffice and confirm the association by pressing the buttons OK e Apply; on Poppyinstead, right click on the RTF file, select the entry Get information, click here freccia rivolta verse destra to expand the item Open with and select LibreOffice from the drop-down menu under the option Open with.
Microsoft Word (Windows / MacOS)
Microsoft Word is the program for viewing, creating and editing text files included in the Microsoft Office suite. In addition to the RTF format, it supports formats like DOC, DOCX, ODT, PDF, TXT and numerous others.
If Word is already installed on your computer, double-click on it to open an RTF file and it will start automatically with Word. If not, you need to set Word to open RTF files: to PC Windows, right click on an RTF file, select the entry Property from the menu that appears and click the button Change, then select Microsoft Office in the list of recommended applications and click the button OK; if you use a Poppy, right click on the RTF file, select the entry Get information from the menu that appears and selects Word from the drop-down menu under the heading Open with.
If, on the other hand, Word is not installed on your computer, you can buy it either by connecting to the Microsoft Office online store or by going to any electronics store. First, however, you must know that you can test its features by activating the free trial of Office 365 Home, a subscription plan with no obligation to renew (but with automatic renewal) that allows you to use all Microsoft Office applications (including Word).
To take advantage of the Word free trial, go to the Office website and click the buttons try free e Try free for 1 month, then enter your login details in the fields Email, Skype Phone e Password and click sul pulsating Log in to log into your Microsoft account. If you don't have one yet, you can read my guide on how to create a Microsoft account.
On the newly opened page, click the button forward, choose a valid payment method and enter the data, then specify your billing information and press the buttons forward, Save e Subscribe (you will not be charged any costs). Finally, proceed with the Office download by clicking on the button Install for two consecutive times and wait for it to be completed.
To install Office on PC Windows, double click on the file you just downloaded and wait for the progress bar to reach 100%; up Poppyinstead, double-click the file Microsoft_Office_ [version] _Installer.pkg e pigia sui pulsnti Continue (twice in a row), Accept e Install, then type the password of your user account on macOS to start the installation. To learn more, you can read my guide on how to download Office for free.
Now, start Word, click the buttons Start e Log in and enter your Microsoft account credentials to complete the activation of the free trial, then press the button Get started with Word And that's it.
As mentioned above, by activating the free trial of Office 365 Home you have also activated the automatic renewal of the subscription (10 euros / month) which will start at the end of the free trial. If you do not intend to renew your subscription, go to the Office website, click the button Log in and enter your login credentials, then click on yours photo at the top right, select options My Account e Manage and click on the entry Office 365 Home.
In the newly opened page, click on the item Manage, locate the option Billing recurring and click on the entry Modification, then select the option Turn off recurring billing e pulsing sul pulsating Confirm cancellation.
Pages is the text editor included in Apple's iWork suite and, like TextEdit, is installed as standard on macOS (alternatively, it can be downloaded from the Mac App Store). Allows you to open files in RTF format, although in some cases the original formatting of open documents is not preserved at 100%.
To open your RTF file with Pages, right click on the file in question, select the entry Open with from the menu that appears and select the option Pages. Alternatively, open the program first, click on the entry Fillet present in the top menu and select the option apri from the menu that appears, then select the file to open and press the button apri.
You need to know that with Pages, you can make any changes to your RTF document you want. However, saving the file will export it to a new file with the .pages extension. To save your changes and keep the document in RTF format, click on the entry Fillet present in the top menu and select the items Export as e RTF format from the menu that appears, then presses the buttons forward, Export e Replace (if you are saving it in the same folder as the original file).
Open RTF Files Online
In addition to the programs that I have proposed to you in the previous paragraphs, you must know that you can open RTF files online without resorting to software to install on your computer: here are some of the most interesting.
Google Drive is the famous cloud storage service from Google, thanks to which you can store your documents online. It also allows you to view, create and edit text documents, spreadsheets and presentations directly online, with the ability to share them with other users. The service is free.
To open an RTF file with Google Drive, linked to the main page of the service and click on the button Go your Google Drive to access your documents automatically if you are already logged in to your Google account. Otherwise, on the new page opened, select your Google account, enter its password and click on the button forward. If, on the other hand, you don't have a Google account yet and want to create one, you can read my in-depth guide on how to create Google accounts.
Adesso, click on the button New at the top left, select the item File upload from the menu that appears and select the RTF file to upload and open with Google Drive, then wait for it to load and double-click on its name to view it. If you also want to make changes, press the button Open with Google Docs to switch to file editing mode.
Docdroid is another good solution to open an RTF file online. The service is free and allows you to upload and view files in PDF, DOC, DOCX, TXT and many other formats, without registration.
To view an RTF file with Docdroid, linked to the main page of the service and click on the button Select file, then select the file to upload and press the button apri. In the new open window, click the button No, thanks to avoid recording and wait for the file to load, then press the button View to open the file.
You must know that with Docdroid you can also share your file on social networks or external websites by obtaining an embed code. Furthermore, you can convert the RTF file to PDF by pressing the button Download present at the top right. In this regard, my guide on how to convert RTF files to PDF may be useful.
App to Open RTF Files
Among the tools you can consider are also the app to open RTF files to install on your smartphone and tablet: here are some that might be right for you.
- AndrOpen Office (Android): is a port of OpenOffice for Android. In case you've never heard of it, OpenOffice is a free, open source productivity suite that shares much of the code with LibreOffice, which I told you about earlier. It allows you to view, edit and create files in numerous formats, such as RTF, DOC, ODT, XLS, OSD, PPT etc. It is free but the most demanding users can purchase the paid version Professional Pack (4,49 euros) which removes advertising and allows access to cloud storage services.
- Microsoft Word (Android/iOS/Windows 10 Mobile): is the mobile version of Word, the application dedicated to text files in the Office suite. It is free and allows you to create, edit and view RTF, DOC, DOCX etc. files. and is also proposed as a reader of PDF files.
- OOReader (Android/iOS): the ideal application for those looking for a reader of files in RTF format, but also DOC, DOT, DOCX, ODT etc. It is free and allows you to open files previously uploaded to services such as Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and iCloud.
- Docs Viewer (Android): another file reader that allows you to open text documents in RTF, PDF, DOC, ODT, TXT etc. It is free and requires an internet connection.
- Google Docs (Android / iOS): is the mobile version of Google Docs that allows you to open files uploaded to Google Drive, the famous service dedicated to archiving text documents, spreadsheets, presentations, etc. In addition, it allows both the editing function and the creation of new files.