Your first step when you receive an email with an attachment is to keep your eyes peeled for the extension of the attached file. Most of the document-related files will work on your Mac while windows-specific executable files will put you out of luck on your Mac.

Rich Text Format (RTF) file is a basic document file type from Microsoft. As you know, there’s a longstanding rivalry between Microsoft and Apple, but that doesn’t mean you can’t open or convert RTF files on your Mac. You absolutely can.

Open RTF Files on Mac

Mac has a default text editor that goes by the name TextEdit. As a Mac user, you must have used TextEdit, at least once. To open a RTF file, type TextEdit in Spotlight. Or simply double-click on the RTF file for it to launch, by default, on TextEdit.

TextEdit has a setback though. The format of the RTF file isn’t as dapper as it is in the original file. In other words, the formatting may be far off, with text and images not in array.

In such cases, you can always give a whirl to other text editor and word processing apps. Neo Office is yet another word processing application freely available to the masses. You can not only open .RTF files but also a plethora of Office-related documents can be viewed without breaking a sweat.

You’ll be bowled over to know BookReader, which is a widely known e-book reader, can also open RTF file on your Mac. So, if you have BookReader installed on your machine, you are free to open these pesky RTF file.


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