Guide to easily convert PDF to RTF.

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When you need to send content from a PDF for a large project, convert your PDF to RTF so it’s in a smaller format for easier sharing.

Say you’re in the process of putting together a large book. You’ve saved it as a PDF, and it includes a lot of text, illustrations, charts, and graphs. A colleague asks to see “just the text,” so you want to send them a simplified file. With the help of Adobe Acrobat, you can easily convert the PDF to an RTF — a convenient file type that retains the text formatting but is smaller in size than a PDF.

Two methods for converting a PDF to an RTF.

PDFs have many benefits when it comes to sharing, but there are situations where you may need an RTF file to share files across different word processing systems.

If you want to convert a PDF to an RTF, you can do it in various ways.

How to convert PDF to RTF the quick way.

For a quicker conversion with no settings to consider, you can follow these steps:

  1. Go to the File menu on the PDF you wish to convert.
  2. Navigate to Export To and then start by going to the File menu of your PDF.
  3. Select Rich Text Format.

How to convert PDF to RTF with more options.

To convert a PDF to an RTF, you can use Acrobat:

  1. Choose Export PDF from the toolbar on the right.
  2. When the list of available formats appears, choose Other Formats.
  3. Choose Rich Text Format (.rtf).

If the instructions above don’t suit your conversion needs, you have more options:

As an alternative, you can use Adobe’s online services to convert a PDF file to RTF. To do so, follow the instructions below:

  1. Click the “Select a file” button, or drag and drop a file into the drop zone.
  2. Select the document you want to convert.
  3. Watch Adobe Acrobat do its PDF conversion magic.
  4. Download your new file or sign in to share it.

You can also use Google Drive to convert a PDF file to RTF following these simple steps:

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

What changes when you convert PDF to RTF format?

One of the primary advantages RTF offers is that it preserves the formatting of your document. This means that the new file in RTF format will look the same as the original PDF file, so there shouldn’t be any changes to your document after you convert it.

Can you retain comments when converting PDF to RTF?

Yes, you can retain comments when you convert PDF to RTF. As mentioned above, RTF preserves your document’s original formatting, so the comments you made on the PDF file will appear the same in your converted RTF file.

What can open a PDF to RTF conversion?

To open an RTF file, you will need a word processor that supports this format. The options include:

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