I have a *.rtf file which I want to open as plain text. How can I do this?


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TextEdit > Preferences > Open and Save

Check "RTF-files as RTF-code instead of formated text" and reopen the file.


If you want a plain text version (without seeing all the RTF encoding) open the file, then Format > Make Plain Text (shift-command-T). This is going to change the original in the file system, so if you do not want to lose the .rtf version, make a copy first.

  • Thanks for your answer. You can leave it for others. I wanted to see all the RTF encoding.
    – testing
    Oct 7, 2014 at 13:58

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