How to quickly convert a PDF to an RTF file.

A woman converts a PDF to an RTF file.

Follow these steps to convert your PDF to an RTF.

RTF documents (short for Rich Text Format) are considered universal. Whatever the word processing system, anyone can open and read an RTF — they’re readable whether you’re using Windows, Mac, or Linux.

Although PDFs are a secure way to share documents, you might need to convert your PDF to an RTF if you want to share it with someone who doesn’t have Acrobat or who’s working in an older operating system. Learn how to save your PDF as an RTF now so you can easily share it tomorrow (or even sooner).

How to convert your PDF to an RTF.

While PDFs certainly have a multitude of benefits when it comes to sharing, collaborating, and displaying graphics and images, you may need an RTF file to share across different word processing systems. RTF files are widely readable. Virtually all major word processors as well as other programs can read an RTF file’s text. RTF files are very secure and easily preserve basic formatting within the document. Because RTF files don’t save document history, the file sizes are smaller and are easy to share.

If you’re converting an RTF to a PDF, you have to work within your computer’s operating system. However, if you’re converting a PDF to an RTF, you can work directly in Acrobat or Acrobat online.

Here’s how:

  1. Open your PDF.
  2. Click Tools > Export.
  3. Select RTF for your preferred file format.
  4. Export, save, and share.

How to convert PDF to RTF on Windows.

You can change your PDF into an RTF on your Windows computer with these simple steps:

  1. Import your PDF document.
    • In the Home window, select the Open Files button when the program finishes downloading. Then, choose the file you wish to convert.
  2. Choose RFT as your Output Format.
    • Open the Convert tab and select More > To RTF. A dialog box will appear. Change the destination folder of the output file.
  3. Convert the file from PDF to RTF.
    • After adjusting all your settings, click Save to begin the PDF to RTF conversion process.

How to convert PDF to RTF on Mac.

There are a couple different ways to convert a PDF to an RTF file on a Mac.

Use Google Docs:

  1. Upload your PDF.
  2. Open your PDF in Google Docs.
  3. Download the file as an RTF.
    • Go to File > Download > Rich Text Format (.rtf).

Use Acrobat online services:

  1. Click the Select a file button or drag and drop a file into the drop zone.
  2. Select the document you wish to convert to a PDF.
  3. Download your new PDF or sign and share it.

Acrobat online is the best option for your conversion and any other document needs. With all the tools you need in one place, your document can be ready to present in a snap.

Do more with your PDFs.

Both PDFs and RTFs along with a multitude of other files can be transformed perfectly with Adobe Acrobat offerings. Acrobat was built to bring efficiency wherever you are, whether it’s in your home, at the office, or elsewhere. More than five million organizations around the world depend on Acrobat’s services. Explore what more you can do with Acrobat to edit, save, share, compress, and safeguard your documents.