Open xps file

xps file icon Did your computer fail to open xps file? We explain what xps files are and recommend software that we know can open your xps files.

What is xps file?

Files with xps file extension are almost always documents that were exported or printed in Microsoft Windows with the default Microsoft XPS Document Writer virtual printer, for example in MS Office applications. XPS format is Microsoft's much less popular alternative to PDF for fixed layout exchange documents.

xps file description

The xps file extension is since the times of Windows XP known for its use for a special fixed layout document type printed (exported) in Windows and Windows apps by default as an alternative to the much more popular PDF format through the integrated XPS Document Writer virtual printer driver.

The XPS (XML Paper Specification) format was developed by Microsoft and Ecma International for an electronic representation of digital documents that can be can easily created, shared, printed.

It is a essentially a ZIP archive that contains document data, including the following:

  • document page files (.fpage)
  • document settings files (.fdoc)
  • document fragment files (.frag).

Main program that generates .xps files is the Microsoft Document Writer, which is integral part of Windows since Windows 7. Previously it was available as separate download from Microsoft's website and now is available as part of Microsoft XML Paper Specification Essentials Pack for Windows XP/Vista.

Windows 8 introduced a modernized version of XPS format, called the Open XML Paper Specification, which uses .oxps files instead the original xps suffix.

NOTE: XPS is also known as abbreviation for Xtreme Performance System which is used by Dell for its gaming and performance computers and is not related in any way to XML Paper Specification.

Software that will open xps file

Microsoft XPS Viewer

The default XPS viewer in Windows

Microsoft XPS Document Writer

The default print to file driver for XPS documents

Other xps file extensions

xps - MonkeyJam exposure sheet

Files with xps file extension might also be found as exposure sheets from MonkeyJam graphics animation program.

xps - WindowBlinds temporary data

An xps file extension is related ot hte WindowBlinds and used for its temporary data.

What file extension actually is?

Simply put, file extensions are the characters after the dot in the file name, so for example filename.mp3 has file extension „mp3“. This helps Windows to identify which program should be used to open the file.

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