RTFM is Internet-speak for "Repeat the first message". It is used when the message did not transfer over the Internet properly. If someone tells you to RTFM, be patient with them, and copy-and-paste your original message several times. Also, typing the message with capslock on will improve the chances that it will get through (similar to yelling at a brick wall, telephone, or foreigner).
miket65> how do i change the color of links
redjl> omg rtfm n00b
miket65> ok
miket65> how do i change the color of links
redjl> RTFM
miket65> HOW CAN I CHANGE THE COLOR OF LINKS
miket65> HOW CAN I CHANGE THE COLOR OF LINKS
redjl> Message received. Sending you the information over the Cyber-Web.
miket65> Thanks, good buddy!
redjl> You are welcome, Internet pal!
by K.Z.. October 13, 2005
Read The Fucking Manual
<Skilless15> what's rtfm
<Skilless15> i forgot
<@avaxx> read the fucking manual.
<Skilless15> why
<Skilless15> you could just tell me
by nekholm November 19, 2003
Literally "Read The F**king Manual"; a term showing the frustration of being bothered with questions so trivial that the asker could have quickly figured out the answer on their own with minimal effort, usually by reading readily-available documents. People who say "RTFM!" might be considered rude, but the true rude ones are the annoying people who take absolutely no self-responibility and expect to have all the answers handed to them personally.
"Damn, that's the twelveth time that somebody posted this question to the messageboard today! RTFM, already!"
by Bill M. July 27, 2004
Read
The
Fucking
Manual

The First Commandment of Technology.
The Commandments of Technology

1. Thou shalt read the fucking manual.
2. Thou shalt treat technology with care and love.
3. Thou may covet thy neighbor's technology, but thou shalt not steal it.
by Scott Lanway September 03, 2004
RTFM - Read the fucking manual
A reply to when people go on internet message boards asking for technical advice on subjects where the obvious solution is usually given in products user manual:

"why is my printer speaking in German?"
"RTFM ;o)"

"Why wont my scanner work?"
"RTFM!!"
by DeusBrackers October 14, 2005
"Read the fucking manual." The most obvious solution to most tech problems. Also the most overlooked solution.
"How do I format the text this way?"

"RTFM. F1 works, you know..."
by Maerc January 13, 2005
RTFM is a internet word used to say "Read the f***ing manual"
Bob - I need help :(
Jim - Ok what with
Bob - How to install this game
Jim - =/ RTFM
Bob - What???
Jim (Has logged off)
by Robert Hayden April 15, 2008
Read. The. Fucking. Manual.

Popular saying amoungst engineers

A coomon miscoception is that the word originated from the internet. This word however has been around as long as there have been engineers, or at least as long as there have been electrical apliances.

Idiot: How do I install Windows?

Engineer: RTFM.

Idiot: Whaaa?

Engineer: RTFM!!! It's right there in the Box!!!

Idiot: All I see is the manual, where's the RTFM?

Engineer: RAGE!!!
*Grabs Monitor and viciously beats down on idiot with it*
by Riim Jobs January 25, 2009

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