XPS is short for XML Paper Specification. It was invented by Microsoft as a replacement for PDF files. XPS files can be used to archive and share files you routinely use for your business, such as contracts, receipts, memos, invoices or Web pages. The files are created by Microsoft XPS Document Writer, but can be opened by Microsoft XPS Viewer. You may access the Viewer directly, or open it through the file.
Open the XPS Viewer first. Click the Start button, then “All Programs” and “XPS Viewer” in the menu.
Go to “File,” then “Open.”
Browse to find your file. Click “Open” to load it.
- XPS Viewer will automatically launch if you click on a XPS file.
- Windows Vista and Windows 7 have XPS Viewer installed, but if you are using an earlier version of Windows, you'll need to download and install .NET Framework 3.0 (see the link in Resources) to open XPS files.
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