How to Convert RPT to PDF

by Cooper Temple
You can convert RPT files to PDF.

You can convert RPT files to PDF.

RPT files are usually report files associated with reporting programs, such as Crystal Reports. Because they are typically text files, they may be read using most text editing programs, such as Microsoft Notepad or Microsoft Word. PDF (Portable Document Format) files are conversions of other files, such as RPT, that are viewable using any PDF reading program. The advantage of PDF is that you do not need the source program. You can convert RPT to PDF by following a few steps.

Use an Adobe Acrobat Program

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Download and install one of the Adobe Acrobat PDF writing programs. There are three versions (Standard, Pro and Suite), but the process of converting an RPT to PDF is the same for each. Because the Acrobat programs can be expensive, take advantage of the 30-day free trial from Adobe (visit their website).

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Click the "Create PDF" button and select "From File." From the "Look in" menu, locate the folder in which the RPT file is saved. Highlight the RPT file, then click "Open." Acrobat will convert the RPT file to a PDF file, and it will open automatically.

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Save the newly created PDF file by clicking the "File" menu, then "Save as." From the "Save in" menu, select a folder in which to save the PDF file. Type a name for the PDF in the "File name" field, then click "Save" to complete the process of converting an RPT to a PDF.

Use a Free Online Conversion Service

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Select a free online conversion service to convert the RPT to PDF. PDF Online from BCL Technologies is used in the following steps. While there are several free PDF conversion services, most operate in a similar manner.

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Choose the RPT file that you want to convert to PDF. In PDF Online, click the "Browse" button. Then, from the "Look in" menu, locate the folder in which the RPT file is saved. Highlight the RPT file, then click "Open."

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Type a name for the PDF version of the RPT file into the "Output filename" field.

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Type the email address to which you want the PDF file sent in the "Email address" field. Click the "Convert PDF" button to finish the conversion process. The PDF version of the RPT file will be delivered to the address specified in step 2.

Use a Free PDF Writing Program

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Download and install a free PDF writing program. There are several free PDF writing programs available, and most are suitable for converting RPT files to PDF files. PDFill is used in the following steps and may be downloaded for free from the PDFill site.

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Open the RPT file in a text editing program, such as Notepad. Notepad is used in the following steps. You may also use the source program, such as Crystal Reports. Either way, the process is the same. Click the "File" menu, then select "Open." From the "Look in" menu, locate the folder in which the RPT file is saved. Highlight the RPT file, then click "Open."

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Click the "File" menu and select "Print." Click the "PDFill" option in the "Select Printer" field and click "Print." From the "Save in" menu, select a folder in which to save the PDF file. Type a name for the PDF in the "File name" field, and click "Save" to complete the process of converting an RPT to a PDF.

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About the Author

Cooper Temple has over 15 years of experience writing procedural and training material for a Fortune 500 company. His articles specialize in productivity programs and other business-related software.

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