I like to write in rich text with textedit and then do more complicated formatting tasks with Pages 5.0. However, Pages doesn't open rich text. To get the text into pages I either have to copy and paste, or laboriously duplicate the file in textedit and save it as .doc/docx. On top of that, I then have re-save to file in the .pages format to be able to edit it with Pages.

What I would like is a simple automator workflow to save the foremost textedit .rtf file to a .doc/.docx format, which can then be opened by Pages and saved to the .pages format.

I think there is a built-in program called textutil which could be used in the workflow.

  • Print to PDF, open PDF in Pages? Oct 26, 2015 at 19:55

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Here is a wrapper of the textutil utility. Download this workflow to convert various file types. It's very useful when converting in batches. Download it from the below address.


  • This link doesn't work any more...
    – maycca
    Oct 26, 2015 at 19:50

I use Convertio.co to convert RTF to DOC files. It's a free online service you might want to try it and see what you get.

  • How would you integrate this into an Automator workflow?
    – nohillside
    Nov 6, 2014 at 21:03

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