What is a .XPS File And How To Open It – Microsoft (Visual Guide)

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .xps extension, but you are not sure what it is? It is possible that you know what the file does, but you are unsure on how to open it. Thanks to this easy guide you will be able to find out what .xps file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .XPS file?

The .XPS file extension is from XML Paper Specification File. The developer of this file extension is Microsoft.

What to know

There are currently 7 software that can open the .xps file on 6 platforms.

How to open a .XPS file?

In this part of the article we will show you how to open the .XPS file on various operating systems.

How to open a .XPS file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

To open the .xps file on Windows, please follow these 4 easy steps.

1. In the first step you need to download the NiXPS Edit software. This software will be used for opening the file. The other software that you can use is Microsoft XPS Viewer, Microsoft Reader, XPS Annotator, NiXPS View and NiXPS Edit.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .XPS file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the NiXPS Edit software that you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .XPS file on Mac

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .xps file on Mac in 4 easy steps.

1. The first step is to download the NiXPS Edit software. You will be using this software in order to open the file. The other software that you can use is NiXPS View and NiXPS Edit.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .XPS file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the NiXPS Edit software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

How to open a .XPS file on Linux

The .xps file can be opened in 4 steps on Linux.

1. In the first step you need to download the KDE Okular software. This software will be used for opening the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locate the .XPS file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Hover over the “Open with” button

3. In the third step right click on your file and choose “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Open the file choosing the software

4. In the fourth step, after clicking “Open with”, you should see the KDE Okular software that you have downloaded. Choose your software and click on “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Linux.

How to open a .XPS file on Android

The .xps file can be opened on Android.

Step 1

Image 1: Locating your .XPS file in the download folder

First of all you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 2

Image2: Unable to open the file

While trying to open the file, it won’t work.

Step 3

Image3: Open your Google Play Store

Please locate the app “Google Play Store” (picture above) and open it.

Step 4

Image4: Search for the software and download it

In order to open the file, you will have to search for the Google Drive software and install it. The other software that opens the .xps file on Android is Google Drive. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Android.

How to open a .XPS file on iOS

Below you can see a visual guide on how to open the .xps file on iOS in simple steps.

Step 1

Image 1: Finding your files in the download folder

The first step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 2

Image2: Can’t open the file

In order to open the file, you will have to search for the Google Drive in the iOS App Store software and install it. You could also download the Google Drive software. Congratulations! You can now open your file on iOS.

How to open a .XPS file in the Browser

The currently known web apps that can open this file are: Google Drive. Just right click on the file and choose “Open With” on your OS.

Still cannot open the .XPS file?

If you cannot open the .XPS file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .XPS file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .xpt – Mozilla Firefox Component, .xq – The W3C XML Query Working Group, .xql – The W3C XML Query Working Group, .xqm – The W3C XML Query Working Group, .xqt – SuperCalc Macro File. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .XPS file with the NiXPS Edit, Microsoft XPS Viewer, Microsoft Reader, XPS Annotator, NiXPS View programs on Windows, NiXPS Edit, NiXPS View programs on Mac, KDE Okular software on Linux, Google Drive software on Android, Google Drive software on iOS and Google Drive program in the Browser.