An oft file extension is 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).

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OFT file - Microsoft Outlook template

What is oft file? How to open oft files?

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Microsoft Office file type icon Microsoft Office file type

The oft file extension 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

The default software associated to oft file type:

Microsoft Outlook icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Outlook  Microsoft Windows software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Outlook is e-mail management tool and personal information manager distributed with Microsoft Office suite. Outlook integrates e-mail application, calendar, task manager, contact manager, note taking in to one application.

Microsoft Outlook is used as a stand-alone application and also can work with Microsoft Exchange Server and SharePoint Server.

The predecessor of Outlook was called Schedule+. The newest version is called Outlook 2016.

Microsoft Outlook for Mac icon

Microsoft Corporation logoMicrosoft Outlook for Mac  Apple macOS / Mac OS X software

Company or developer:
Microsoft Corporation

Microsoft Outlook for Mac is e-mail client and personal information manager distributed with Microsoft Office for Mac. Outlook for Mac contains email, calendar, address book, task list, note list managers in one application. Microsoft Outlook for Mac is a successor of Microsoft Entourage for Mac.

Help how to open:

Use Microsoft Outlook to open Microsoft Outlook e-mail template files.

How to convert:

Predefined templates can be probably converted into text or html webpage or email message based on oft template.

Find conversions from oft file:

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