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Running Tex2RTF

Tex2RTF may be run in a number of ways: with or without command line arguments, interactively or in batch mode, and with an optional initialisation file for specifying LaTeX macros and detailed options.

Tex2RTF accepts two arguments (input and output filenames) and trailing (optional) switches. If both filenames are given, the utility will work in batch mode. Otherwise, if Tex2RTF has been compiled for GUI operation, a main window will be shown, with appropriate menu items for selecting input and output filenames, starting off the conversion process, and so on.

Note that if the file bullet.bmp is found by Tex2RTF, this bitmap will be used as the bullet for items in \itemize lists, for WinHelp output. Otherwise, a symbol will be inserted (linear RTF) or bold 'o' will be used instead (all other formats).

Syntax error reporting is fairly minimal. Unrecognised macro errors may actually be produced by an unbalanced brace or passing the wrong number of arguments to a command, so look in the vicinity of the error for the real cause.


Some of the syntax that is OK for true LaTeX but which trips up Tex2RTF, may be detected by the TCHECK program included in the tools directory of the Tex2RTF distribution. Some LaTeX errors may be picked up by the LACHECK program, also found in the tools directory.

It is recommended that you run Tex2RTF twice in order to be sure of resolving all references and including an up-to-date contents page.

If importing RTF files into Word for Windows, you may need to reformat the document. The easiest way to do this is to select all text with CTRL-A, then reformat with F9. Reformat again to ensure all references are resolved. For the second format, respond with Update Entire Table to prompts.

Command line arguments
Initialisation file syntax
DDE commands
Performance issues