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Article ID: 269575 - Last Review: August 14, 2007 - Revision: 2.3

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The latest version of the Rich Text Format (RTF) Specification (version 1.7) is available for viewing on the Microsoft Developer Network Web site.

The Rich Text Format (RTF) Specification provides a format for text and graphics interchange that can be used with different output devices, operating environments, and operating systems. RTF uses the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), PC-8, Macintosh, or IBM PC character set to control the representation and formatting of a document, both on the screen and in print. With the RTF Specification, documents created under different operating systems and with different software applications can be transferred between those operating systems and applications.


The Rich Text Format (RTF) Specification is a method of encoding formatted text and graphics for easy transfer between applications. Currently, users depend on special translation software to move word-processing documents between different MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows, OS/2, Macintosh, and Power Macintosh applications.

To view the Rich Text Format (RTF) Specification, version 1.7, visit the following Microsoft Web site: (
RTF Version 1.7 includes all new control words introduced by Microsoft Word for Windows 95 version 7.0, Word 97 for Windows, Word 98 for the Macintosh, and Word 2000 for Windows, as well as other Microsoft products.

  • Microsoft Word 2002 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 2000 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 95 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 95a
  • Microsoft Word 2001 for Mac
  • Microsoft Word 98 for Macintosh
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