Converting text into rtf format in mssql

tobz 161 Reputation points

Hi everyone,

I have data that is in word document that I want to insert into the database, this data is formatted and I will like to save the formats in the database as well using the rtf format.

Can someone help me on how I can generate the rtf format for the data in the word document so that I can store the rtf instead of the plain text in the database.


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  1. Erland Sommarskog 102.3K Reputation points

    SQL Server does not really care about the format. If it is text data you can save the document in an nvarchar(MAX) or varchar(MAX) column. If the data is binary, such as an .docx file, you need to use varbinary(MAX). I believe RTF is a text format, but I am not sure. varbinary(MAX) will always work any way.

    If you want to transform the document, you need to do this outside SQL Server, and for how to do it - this is the completely wrong place to ask.

    SQL Server receives the generated bytes and that is what it returns. SQL Server never interpretes the bytes on its own account - with one exception: if you add a full-text index on a database, it is able to read PDFs, Word documents etc, provided that you somewhere store information about the format.

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  2. EchoLiu-MSFT 14,571 Reputation points

    Hi @tobz ,

    Please refer to the following steps to set:

    Step1-Open your word file,find the'File' in the upper left corner, as shown in the figure


    Step2-Then click "File" in the upper left corner, and find "Save As" in the submenu, as shown in the figure


    Step3-In the pop-up "Save As" window, select the location to save the file, modify the file type to "RTF" format, and click Save. As shown


    If you have any question, please feel free to let me know.
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