Easily convert an RTF file to a PDF.

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How to convert an RTF to a PDF file in just minutes.

RTF, PDF — there are so many file formats, and you might feel overwhelmed. It’s simple once you break it down and learn how to make all of them compatible. An RTF document (or Rich Text Format) is a universal file type that safeguards against viruses and is compatible with most word processors. As such, this file type is a common way to share documents.

You may have received an RTF document in an email and want to create a PDF to save to your desktop, print, or store for your records. Converting to a PDF will allow you to use all the tools Acrobat offers to edit your PDF file. Learn how to easily open your RTF file and save it as a PDF in just minutes using Acrobat.

How to convert an RTF to a PDF.

The steps to convert an RTF to a PDF may differ slightly depending on which operating system you’re working with, but the following are general steps for Windows and Mac users.

  1. Open the file you want to convert.
  2. Click File and select Export as PDF.
  3. Rename and save your PDF on your Mac.

How to convert RTF to PDF on Windows 10.

  1. Open the file you want to convert.
  2. Open the system’s print dialogue box. (You can click Control + P, or File > Print.)
  3. Under Printer, Select Microsoft Print to PDF.
  4. Click Print to save a copy of the RTF file as a PDF on your computer.

Regardless of your operating system, you essentially want to find a convert or export option within the RTF file itself. Once you’ve got your PDF, you can save, share, and secure your information. Plus, you can easily convert your PDF back to an RTF from anywhere with Adobe Acrobat online services.

What is an RTF file?

A Rich Text Format (RTF) file helps support several text formatting options. The file format was created by Microsoft. One of the cons of this file type is that it is unable to format or support any images, data, and diagrams other than text. This file format is great if you only need to work with text.

RTF files are helpful when you want to exchange text files between different word processing programs. These files have both actual text from the document as well as configuration information. The formatting will include font size, margin, italics, and bold text settings. When an RTF file is opened in a word processing program, the text will keep its original design.

Get even more document flexibility.

Whether you are converting RTF files or any other file type into a PDF, Adobe Acrobat makes the process as simple as possible. In addition to easy conversions, Acrobat has all the other tools you need to adjust your document to present and share with your friends, family, and co-workers. Explore everything you can do with Adobe Acrobat to save, share, and safeguard your documents.