How to Open XPS Files on Windows and Mac

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XPS files can only be viewed by XPS viewer by default. XPS viewer is a part of the Microsoft .NET framework system on Windows-based computers. To open XPS files on windows you will have to install Microsoft .NET Framework on systems running earlier versions of Windows and if you are using Mac OS X, you can use an online XPS-to-PDF converter, or install third-party XPS-to-PDF software.

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What is an XPS File?

An XPS file is a document that contains fixed page layout information written in the XPS page description language. It defines the layout, appearance, and printing information for a document. XPS files are similar to .PDF files, but saved in Microsoft’s proprietary XPS format.

XPS was designed as a replacement for the Enhanced Metafile (.EMF) format. It is similar to a .PDF file, but is based on XML instead of the PostScript language. XPS files can be created in Windows by selecting the “Microsoft XPS Document Writer” as the printer when printing a document.

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How to Open XPS Files?

XPS files can be opened with Microsoft’s XPS Viewer, which is included with Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, 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.

Using Windows Vista and later Versions

1. Double click on the XPS File you want to open-

The file will automatically open and display in a new window of your Internet browser.

  • If the file fails to open, it’s possible XPS Viewer is turned off. Proceed with the following steps to enable XPS Viewer.

2. Click on Start and open Control Panel-

This will open the Control Panel window.

3. Click on “Programs” and select “Turn Windows features on or off”-

This will open the Windows Feature dialog box.

control panel4. Click on “Microsoft .NET Framework”-

This will display additional framework

  • If Microsoft .NET Framework is not listed, follow the steps given in Method 2 to install the program on your computer.

5. Click on the checkbox next to “XPS Viewer,” then click on “OK”-

You will now be able to open XPS files using XPS Viewer.xps viewer

Using Earlier Version of Windows

1. Open Microsoft download center and search –download xps

This page features the software for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1.

2. Click on the “Download” button, then select “Run”.

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3. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the program-

When complete, it will enable the XPS Viewer.

4. Double-click on the XPS file you want to open-

The file will automatically open and display in a new window of your Internet browser.

Using Online XPS-to-PDF Converter

1. Open your Internet browser and search for an online XPS-to-PDF converter tool-

There are number of free online converter tools are available. Use any of them.

2. Follow the on-screen instructions to convert the XPS document to PDF-

The XPS document selected will now be converted to PDF and saved to your computer.

Using Third-Party XPS-to-PDF Software on Mac

1. Open the Applications folder and launch “App Store” on your Mac computer.

2. Type “xps to pdf” into the search field at the top right corner of App Store-

A list of XPS-to-PDF converter apps will display on-screen.

3. Select the option to purchase or install the program of your choice-

Examples of free converter programs are XPS-to-PDF Lite and XPSView Lite.

4. Follow the on-screen instructions to install the converter software to your computer.

5. Launch the converter software when installation is complete, then follow the on-screen instructions to convert the XPS document to PDF-

You will now have the ability to view XPS documents on your Mac computer.


Here we saw various methods to open XPS file on Windows and Mac. This method work on all the versions of Windows and Mac. I hope you enjoyed the article.

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