Word document saved as Rich Text format file

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How does a Word document changes when it is saved as a Rich Text Format file?
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I saved a number of Word documents into RTF files with no noticeable changes. One had photos, another had a large table in it – and saving in the alternative did not change a thing. As near as I could determine, the only real difference is that some Rich Text File viewers might not be able to open a Word document properly, while Word should be able to open any Rich Text Files. It would be very different for plain text, which would drop formatting – but RTF seems to keep Word documents intact.

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  • Subhendu Sen
    When open/ create any file in word, you can save it in wordpad format (.rtf) by choosing the file type or save as type. Generally, ,rtf file can be opened by wordpad. Even it can be opened by MS word/ open office/ libre office. You can use any one application while Open office/ libre office both are free to use.
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  • Harisheldon

    If you are doing a copy and paste function into another program, it may be the default setting for that program. After you paste, you may have to go in and highlight everything and change it to the font that you so desire.

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  • ToddN2000
    Saving as a RTF file will allow other programs to read it. The disadvantage is you may lose some of the formatting and any clip art attached to the Word document. These may have to be tweaked once converted.
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