A rich text format (.rtf) invoice is a billing document created in a format that is capable of being read by the majority of programs and operating systems. Originally developed by Microsoft, the file type was originally developed to serve as a cross-platform file type, allowing it to be opened and saved by different Microsoft products.
Unlike plain text, the format preserves much of the formatting offered in Word, such as fonts, text size, color, tables (limited), and spacing. For invoices that require nothing more than basic formatting, the file type is highly recommended. However, if logos, complex tables, or special features are required, the file type is not the suggested file type to use.
How to Convert RTF to Word
For converting an invoice that has the extension .rtf to Word (.doc or .docx), follow the following steps (note: the following instructions are for Word 2019 on Mac):
Step 1 – Open Microsoft Word. A new window should then open.
Step 2 – Click the “Open” tab on the bottom left-hand side of the window. Then, select “On my Mac.”
Note: Instead of saying “Mac,” it may say “On my PC” or “On my Computer.”
Step 3 – Locate the RTF file and open it.
Step 4 – Select the “File” tab at the top of the page.
Step 5 – In the options that drop-down, select “Save As…”
Step 6 – A new window will open up. Click on the tab at the bottom that has “Rich Text Format (.rtf)” on it.
Step 7 – Select the option that says “Word Document (.docx).”
Step 8 – Click the “Save” button in the bottom right-hand corner.