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How Do I Open a XPS File

February 15, 2012  |  Difficulty: Easy

how to download and install the XPS Viewer application to open this file format.

The XPS file extension indicates the Microsoft® file format equivalent of a PDF. The XPS extension was designed as a replacement for the Enhanced Metafile format which is an XML format that defines the layout, appearance, and printing information for a document. XPS files can be opened with the Microsoft® XPS Viewer, which is included with Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, and Internet Explorer® 6 or later. It is also part of the XPS Essentials Pack, which can be downloaded from Microsoft® and used with Windows XP®. From the instructions below  you will learn how to download and install the XPS Viewer application to open this file format.

Download and installation instructions:

  1. Open your Internet browser and go to the XPS Viewer home page.
  2. Click on the “Download” button and save the file to your hard drive.
  3. Run the downloaded installation file.
  4. At the welcome screen click on the “Next” button, then read the license agreement. Select the “I accept the agreement” radio button and click on the “Next” button again.
  5. Choose the icon settings and continue by clicking on the “Next” button.
  6. Click on the “Install” button.
  7. When the installation process has finished click on the “Finish” button and launch the application.
  8. Click on the “Open New File” icon and locate the “*.XPS” file. Now you can print it and convert it to a PDF format.


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