What are .RPT files used for?
The most common usage for RPT files is as data files for either SAP Crystal Reports or AccountEdge Pro business software.
Within Crystal Reports, RPT is used as report or output files, storing data from multiple sources and databases. Users can filter and sort them interactively on PCs and Macs.
As report files in AccountEdge Pro, RPT contain data from specific fields to report data in a customisable layout for users. Such reports can be exported to formats, including PDF.
RPT files may contain text-based reports generated by a variety of applications, including system utilities or document preparation programmes. As most of these are in text format they can be opened in text editors including Apple TextEdit or Microsoft Notepad.
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Pros and cons of .RPT files.
- Multiple source storage. Whichever program you’re using, the RPT format can store data from multiple sources and databases, making it easy to utilise the information contained without running into too many issues.
- Diversity. RPT files aren’t limited to one type of report. Whether it’s time billing, purchases, payroll, accounts or inventory, RPT may be useful and adaptable for your business.
- Interactive. Unlike Crystal Reports’ RPTR files, RPT can be edited, not just opened and viewed.
- Can be confusing. As different programmes use RPT as a file suffix, you could, for example, try to open an RPT file in AccountEdge Pro, which is actually a Crystal Reports file. There are also other similarly named file extensions which do very different things, such as RPF and RTP.
- Low entropy. RPT files that are simply plain text files often have a low entropy, which means the information that’s contained may occupy more storage than is needed.
How to open an .RPT file.
How you open an RPT file depends on the type you want to view. If it’s a Crystal Reports programme, you can open the file on Windows or MacOS:
- Visit the Crystal Reports website.
- Download and install the Crystal Reports Viewer tool.
- Open the Crystal Reports Viewer tool and click ‘Browse for report’.
- Open the folder containing the .RPT file and click the icon you want to open.
You can also open an RPT file in AccountEdge Pro on a Windows or Mac device:
- Open the AccountEdge Pro software.
- Select ‘Report’ and then ‘Index to Reports’.
To open a text-based RPT file, simply open any text editor and click the file you want to view.
How to edit .RPT files and create new ones.
Depending on which type of RPT file you wish to create and/or edit, you’ll need either the SAP Crystal Reports software or AccountEdge Pro software.
To create and edit RPT files that are plain text documents in Windows:
- Press the Windows and S keys together.
- Type ‘Notepad’ and press Enter.
- Paste any text into the white area.
To create and edit RPT files that are plain text documents on a Mac:
- Press Command and the Space bar.
- Type ‘TextEdit’ and press Enter.
- Click ‘Format’, then click ‘Make plain text’ from the top menu.
- Paste the text into the white area.
How do I convert an .RPT file to PDF?
Files in the RPT format can be converted to PDF by using online software, such as Adobe’s free convert to PDF tool. However, depending on the type of RPT file and if you’re using Windows, you may need to convert the RPT to OXPS first (see below).
Usually, online software lets you drag and drop these files into a window to begin the conversion.
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