[ad#acronisti]Dear Computer Lady,
If the Microsoft .doc is essentially an .rtf file, will any application that can write and read an .rtf file open a .doc file?
Perhaps too simple to always be true, but at the moment, that is the opinion I hold and thus save anything that I might expect to send elsewhere in .rtf format.
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Actually any Windows computer can read an RTF file with the built in WordPad program, so you have a great solution when saving your files as RTF (which stands for Rich Text Format) files.
While Microsoft Word document files are rich text in that they store your text with formatting, they are saved with instructions that are specific to Word. If you tried to open a Word file with WordPad, you would see your text, but also a lot of strange characters that WordPad did not know how to use.
Saving your Word document as a Rich Text file is easy, just click on “File” and then “Save As”.
In the Save as File type section, click the drop down list and select, RTF (Rich Text File) and continue to save your file.
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