WPS File - opening and understanding

Did your computer fail to open a WPS file? We explain what they are used for and recommend software that we know can open or otherwise handle your .WPS files.

What is a WPS file?

WPS files are most commonly associated with the Microsoft Works word processing application, however, the Kingsoft Office software (an Office-like software that is popular in China) also creates the .wps extension when saving document files that have been created with the software. When opening a .wps file, it is important to know whether it was generated by the Works word processing application or the Kingsoft Office product in order to open the file properly.

Unlike Microsoft Word documents, WPS documents that have been created by Microsoft Works do not have advanced formatting options and they do not usually contain macros. The WPS format has not been used by Microsoft since 2006, since the .doc format was found to be more useful and more versatile.

How to open WPS files

You will need a program compatible with the specific file you are trying to open, as different programs may use files with file extension WPS for different purposes.

While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different WPS openers which you will find listed below.

Suggest another file format using extension WPS

While we know of one file format using the .WPS file extension, there may be more. It is widespread that different programs use files with the same file extension for very different types of data. Please let us know if you are aware of a different kind of .WPS file.

Various viewers for this file format

These apps are known to open certain types of WPS files. Remember, different programs may use WPS files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

Free File ViewerFree File ViewerUser submitted
Final Media PlayerFinal Media PlayerUser submitted
WinRARWinRARUser submitted
Kingsoft OfficeKingsoft OfficeUser submitted
LibreOfficeLibreOfficeUser submitted
WordPerfectWordPerfectUser submitted
OpenOffice.org WriterOpenOffice.org WriterUser submitted
LibreOffice WriterLibreOffice WriterUser submitted
WPS OfficeWPS OfficeUser submitted
ArchiCADArchiCADUser submitted
We have not verified any software that we know for certain will work with WPS-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any web services that we know for certain will work with WPS-files. If you know one, please use the 'Suggest a program' link below and tell us about it!