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How to Convert RTF to Excel for Free

Updated February 21, 2017

If you have a Rich Text Document (RTF) that you have saved in Microsoft's basic word processing program WordPad, then you can convert the file into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet with a few easy steps. Because both programs are made by Microsoft, you will not have compatibility problems.

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  1. Open a WordPad document by clicking on the Start menu, followed by "All Programs," "Accessories" and "WordPad." A new WordPad document will open on your screen. Type in your document. Click "File" and "Save As." Type a file name in the box provided. Select "Rich Text Format" from the drop-down menu labelled "Save as type." Click "Save." Close your WordPad document.

  2. Open an Excel spreadsheet. To do this, go to your Start menu and click "All Programs," followed by "Microsoft Office" and finally "Microsoft Office Excel." A new spreadsheet will open on your screen.

  3. Click "Insert" on your upper toolbar, followed by the "Object" icon. Click the "Create From File" tab, followed by the "Browse" button. Scroll down until you see your RTF file. Double-click the file, and then click the "OK" button. The file will download into your Excel file.

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About the Author

Vera Leigh has worked as a professional freelance writer since 2008. Her work has appeared in "Learn Overseas" and "Grad Source" magazines. In addition, she received an honorable mention in "Newsweek's" My Turn contest. She has written features for nonprofits focused on literacy, education, genomics and health. In her spare time, Leigh puts her English major to use by tutoring in grammar and composition.

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