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What is oft file?

Files with oft extension are used for Microsoft Outlook e-mail message template files. oft files are used for specifying future e-mail documents to use the predefined formatting. Microsoft Outlook e-mail message template files can be stored in three file formats: plain text, HTML document format and Rich Text Format (RTF).

oft file description

File extension oft is associated with Microsoft Outlook, a personal information manager, which is part of Microsoft Office, developed by Microsoft Corporation.

The oft files are used for specifying future documents to use the predefined formatting. All e-mail programs are not alike, so you need to use a message format that your recipient's program supports.
The message format you choose determines whether you can add formatted text, such as bold fonts, colored fonts, and bullets, and whether you can add pictures to the message body. However, just because you choose a message format that lets you add these features doesn't mean the recipient will be able to see them.

That's because some e-mail programs don't support formatted messages or pictures. The following information will help you decide which format to use depending on the e-mail configuration you're using and the e-mail program of the person you're sending messages to.

Microsoft Outlook offers three message formats:

  • Plain text   A message format that doesn't support text formatting, such as bold, italic, or colored fonts. It also doesn't support pictures displayed directly in the message body (although they can be included as attachments). All e-mail programs can display plain text messages accurately.
  • HTML   A message format that supports text formatting, numbering, bullets, alignment, horizontal lines, pictures (including backgrounds), HTML styles, and Web pages. You can also use stationery and signatures with this format. All Web pages use HTML, as do most popular e-mail programs, including Outlook 98, Outlook Express 4.0, Eudora 4.0, and Netscape Messenger 4.0. To date, the America Online e-mail system does not.
  • Rich Text Format (RTF)  A Microsoft format that supports text formatting, bullets, and alignment. You can also use signatures with Outlook Rich Text. (If you're using Microsoft Word as your e-mail editor, you must create the signature in Word.) Outlook Rich Text can be read only by Microsoft Exchange Client versions 4.0 and 5.0, Outlook 97, Outlook 98, and Outlook 2000. (Outlook Express cannot read RTF). In addition to messages, Outlook meeting requests and task requests are sent in RTF format, too.

Path to oft files:

Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10


Windows XP, Windows Server 2003

\Documents and Settings\user\Application Data\Microsoft\Templates

Software that will open oft file

Microsoft Outlook

An e-mail management tool distributed with Microsoft Office suite

Microsoft Outlook for Mac

Mac version of the popular e-mail client and personal information manager from Microsoft

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