Opening XPS files

Did your computer fail to open a XPS file? We explain what XPS files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your XPS files.

What is a XPS file?

Files that contain the .xps file extension are used for descriptor files that have been written in the XPS page description language.

The XPS page description language was developed by Microsoft and the XPS file format was intended to replace the EMF file format.

XPS files are similar to PDF files. An XPS file can contain information pertaining to the appearance of the file, the file layout and the printing details for an associated document.

An XPS file is created in Windows when a user selects the "Microsoft XPS Document Writer" option when printing a document that they have created.

Try a universal file viewer

In addition to the products listed above, I would suggest that you try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and very likely yours too! Download Free File Viewer.

By Prof. Jones (The File Expert)

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