XPS File Type- The quick facts
What are XPS files and how to open them
Are you having problems opening an XPS file or just wondering what they contain? We explain what these files are used for and show you software that we know can open or otherwise handle your files.
What is an 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.
How to open XPS files
Important: Different programs may use files with the XPS file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your XPS file is, you may need to try a few different programs.
While we have not verified the apps ourselves yet, our users have suggested 10 different XPS openers which you will find listed below.
Last updated: December 15, 2021
Suggest another file format using extension XPS
While we know of one file format using the .XPS 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 .XPS file.
Various apps that use files with this extension
These apps are known to open certain types of XPS files. Remember, different programs may use XPS files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.