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Create a Rich Text Format file


  • Your instructor may ask that you submit homework or share other documents in Rich TExt Format so that they can be opened and edited by all users.
  • Any word processing program can open and read a Rich Text Format file.
  • Any word processing program can create a Rich Text Format file. 
  • These are the steps to create an RTF file with Microsoft Word or most other word processing programs.
  • All word processing programs have the ability to save a document as an RTF file.

This option is accessed through the following steps:

1. Click on "File", then "Save As ..."

File -> Save As ...

2. Click on the "Save As Type" drop down arrow.

3. Choose "Rich Text Format (*.rtf)" from the "Save As Type" pull-down menu. Click Save.

Save As Type -> Rich Text Format