Tips on How to Convert WordPad to PDF for Free


WordPad has the original form of Microsoft Word, and its default file format is .rtf. Nowadays, many people are gradually replacing Microsoft Word with WordPad because the capacity of WordPad is relatively large. At the same time, WordPad supports multiple font formats. The operation of WordPad is relatively simple and convenient.

However, some computers cannot open .rtf files, so when we transfer WordPad files, we must convert them to PDF files. How to convert WordPad to PDF format? Don't worry! Here, we will share some easiest ways for you to convert WordPad to PDF in a few clicks. Please read and learn more.

Section 1 - What Is WordPad?

WordPad is the basic word processor that has been included with almost all versions of Microsoft Windows from Windows 95 on. With WordPad, you can set fonts, insert pictures, etc. WordPad only supports RTF, DOCX, ODT, and TXT formats.

WordPad is suited to taking notes, writing letters and stories, and use on various tablets, PCs, and smartphones. It is underpowered for work that relies heavily on graphics and typesetting, such as most publishing-industry requirements for rendering final hard copy.

Section 2 - How to Open WordPad

Nowadays, almost all operating systems have more feature-rich applications that can open the WordPad file. Most WordPad documents are in RTF format. So you can use the Word processing software to read and save RTF documents. As more and more software adopts the RTF format standard, the RTF format becomes more and more popular. Next, we will teach you how to open the WordPad file on Windows and Mac.

1. WordPad (Windows)

WordPad is a free word processing tool that comes with Microsoft Windows. With WordPad, you can set fonts, insert pictures, etc.

Step 1. Right-click on the RTF file and you will see the "Open With" command or similar command for selecting the open application.

Windows Open With

Step 2. In the pop-up window, it shows a list of applications that can open RTF files. Just select the one you want to use. You can select the "Always use this application to open .rtf files" option to have that app become the default.

Windows WordPad Open RTF File

Step 3. Finally, click the "OK" button to open the file in WordPad. You can also edit the RTF file by using the editing tools in the toolbar.

Windows WordPad RTF File

2. TextEdit (Mac)

If you are a Mac user, you can use the TextEdit to open the WordPad document. TextEdit is a simple, open-source word processor and text editor. It is the built-in application on your Mac. With TextEdit, you can open and edit RTF documents created in other word processing apps, including Microsoft Word and OpenOffice.

Step 1. Open the TextEdit application on your Mac

Mac TextEdit

Step 2. Choose "File" > "Open…" to select the WordPad file. Then click the "Open and Save" button to open the file.

TextEdit File Open

Section 3 - WordPad to PDF Converter

It is useful to convert Wordpad files to PDF format so that we can view them on more devices and make it harder to edit accidentally. The document format saved by WordPad is usually RTF format.

Although you can open RTF files in Windows or Mac, it is still useful to convert these files in PDF format. You can easily view the converted files in a browser, preview them as email attachments, and display them on smartphones and e-books. Next, we will recommend some WordPad to PDF converters which can help you use the WordPad file easily.

1. EasePDF

EasePDF is an online converter that including Word to PDF Converter, Excel to PDF Converter, RTF to PDF Converter, eSign PDF, Split PDF, Merge PDF, Unlock PDF, and so on. With EasePDF, you can feel free to use all the tools without any download and registration.

Step 1. Go to visit the EasePDF homepage. Click the "All PDF Tools" > "RTF to PDF".

EasePDF All PDF Tools RTF to PDF

Step 2. Upload the RTF document that you wish to convert to PDF format. There are four ways for you to upload the file. Choose the cloud drives icon below to add a document or paste the URL link to upload the file.

EasePDF RTF to PDF Add Files

Step 3. After uploading the WordPad file, this free PDF converter will start the conversion and complete the task in seconds.

Step 4. When the converter has already completed the whole conversion, you can feel free to download your PDF file.

2. Convertio

Convertio is another online converter that supports more than 25600 different conversion methods among more than 300 different file formats. All the conversions in Convertio are performed in the cloud and will not consume your computer's resources.

Step 1. Navigate to the "RTF to PDF" tool.

Step 2. Select files from Computer, Google Drive, Dropbox, URL, or drag and drop on the page.

Convertio RTF to PDF Add Files

Step 3. When you upload the file, click the "Convert" button.

Convertio RTF to PDF Convert

Step 4. After the conversion, click the "Download" to download the file.


"The files will be stored for 24 hours. You can go to "My files" to delete them manually."

3. Wondershare PDFelement

Wondershare PDFelement is your all-in-one offline PDF solution. With this software, you can create, edit, convert, annotate, protect, merge, watermark, compress, and sign PDF files in a better way.

Step 1. Open the Wondershare PDFelement. If you don't have this software, you can download one.

Step 2. Click the "Create PDF" button.

Wondershare PDFelement Create PDF

Step 3. Choose the WordPad file in your local device and click "Open" to upload the file into the program's interface.

Step 4. Click the "File" > "Save As" to save the converted file. Then select the output folder that you want to save to.

Wondershare PDFelement File Save As


My computer is a Linux system, how can I open the WordPad file?

In addition to the above-mentioned software for Mac and Windows users, there are some online websites that can open Wordpad files such as Google Drive and Google Chrome. You can open it according to the method in the "How to Open An RTF File" article.


From the above guide, it is obvious that converting WordPad to PDF is actually very simple. If you want to convert a small number of WordPad files, you can use an online conversion tool like Easepdf. If you need to convert WordPad files frequently, you can download the Wondershare PDFelement software.

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