As per my understanding the file format RTFD > RTF > TXT file i.e. a text file can hold a subset of content and formatting compared to RTF and similarly RTF can hold a subset of content and formatting compared to RTFD.

I can save an RTF file as TXT file by going to Format -> Make Plain Text. Of course I would lose some formatting because txt file can only have a subset of RTF file formatting

Similarly, I want to save an RTFD as an RTF file even though I will loose some formatting that an RTFD can support but RTF cannot. But I am not able to find an option in TextEdit to save an Untitled file as .RTF file. I think the content present in the untitled file has some RTFD related formatting. So when I try to do File -> Hold option key -> Save as then I cannot find an option to save the untitled file as RTF. How Do I save the file as .RTF file using TextEdit even though I am fine with loosing the extra formatting?

  • The D happens when you have attachments. Why not delete those and save again? Also, do you have an example document or a way to make a quick rtfd file - perhaps uploading a sample, someone would have a command line tool that deftly strips the attachments for you since RTF is text based and easily manipulated programmatically.
    – bmike
    Jun 27, 2020 at 20:05
  • @bmike: I tried to upload .rtfd file to dropbox but dropbox is creating a zip which has a folder and inside which there is an rtf file. My rtfd file does not have any attachments so I want a simple way to convert this rtfd file to rtf file. dropbox.com/s/g3icdgkvqfgfpmw/convert_rtfd_to_rtf.rtfd.zip?dl=0 Jun 27, 2020 at 20:19
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    Your learning journey is starting well - excellent question showing how encoding, flies and folders can all be the same thing or not...
    – bmike
    Jun 27, 2020 at 20:36

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The RTFD format is actually a package format that allows it to have related files attached, like images. If your document has any files attached, you will not be able to save it as a straight RTF.

Try right clicking on your RTFD file and select "Show Package Contents" and you will see the contents: the "core" RTF file is usually named TXT.RTF and the other files also present.

You can actually grab the RTF straight out of the Package without even going through saving it manually via TextEdit.app.

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