Rich text format (RTF)
As mentioned in Plain text format, the default format type of articles is plain text . As soon as you apply some type of formatting (like boldface, italics or paragraph centering), the article is automatically converted to Rich Text Format (RTF) and stays that way unless you convert it back to plain text.
All text in the article will immediately be converted to Rich Text when you:
- Paste in any Rich Text from the clipboard
- Paste in any text in a different font face or size from the default font
- Apply any paragraph formatting such as indentation, bulleting, etc.
- Insert a table, image or other such object requiring hidden formatting code
- Change any font attributes from those of the default font, such as boldface a word
- Insert an underlined hyperlink.
What all these actions have in common is that hidden codes required for displaying these objects and attributes (such as 'bold', 'italic', 'center', etc.) are inserted into the TreePad article. Rich Text is visually more pleasing but uses much more space because of the hidden formatting code.
Note: Case conversion does not affect the format type of an article.
The Status bar displays "RTF" if the article's format type is rich text.
You can display rich text's hidden characters as symbols by selecting Main menu ⁄ View ⁄ Options ⁄ Article ⁄ Display options and ticking the various options such as Show paragraph markers, etc. This may help if you have difficulty undoing or changing a formatting attribute.
Rich text formatting is local to the article, so rich text does not change when default article format is changed, with the exception of font background color.
Converting from RTF to plain text removes images.
Hyperlinks in rich text are displayed as underlined blue text without the file path or node id, and are called underlined hyperlinks.
See Plain text format for a discussion of the relative merits of using rich text and plain text.