OXPS File Extension

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OpenXPS Format
  • Developer
    Microsoft
  • Popularity
    3.7 (30 votes)

What is OXPS file?

Files with the .OXPS extension contain text documents compressed in ZIP format, possibly with graphic element prepared for printout. All information, including page layout, are stored in an open programming language based on XAML – OpenXPS. It was standardized by the Ecma International organisation in 2009, on the basis of the XPS - XML Paper Specification, developed by Windows in the year 2006.

This format supports additional functionalities, such as:

  • Calibration of a printer within CMYK colour pallet,
  • Printing templates,
  • Gradients and colour transparency,
  • Support for Windows system colours – WCS.

OXPS files resemble PDF and PostSCript files – the have a specified page layout, in order to enable true reproducing of the document. It is a type of digital printout. OXPS does not support dynamic elements.

Programs which support OXPS file extension

The following list contains programs grouped by 3 operating systems that support OXPS files. Files with OXPS suffix can be copied to any mobile device or system platform, but it may not be possible to open them properly on target system.

How to open file with OXPS extension?

Being unable to open files with OXPS extension can be have various origins. Fortunately, most common problems with OXPS files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Get the Microsoft XPS Viewer

The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports OXPS files installed on the system. The most obvious solution is to download and install Microsoft XPS Viewer or one to the listed programs: Microsoft Word, XpsViewer, Microsoft Windows 8. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support OXPS files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. If you want to download Microsoft XPS Viewer installer in the most secured manner, we suggest you visit Microsoft Corporation website and download from their official repositories.

Step 2. Check the version of Microsoft XPS Viewer and update if needed

You still cannot access OXPS files although Microsoft XPS Viewer is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. This can be one of the causes why OXPS files are not compatible with Microsoft XPS Viewer. The latest version of Microsoft XPS Viewer should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Associate OpenXPS Format files with Microsoft XPS Viewer

After installing Microsoft XPS Viewer (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open OXPS files. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Clicking the OXPS with right mouse button will bring a menu from which you should select the Open with option
  • Select Choose another app → More apps
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where Microsoft XPS Viewer is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open OXPS files and clicking OK.

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected OXPS file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • Finally, a This change will be applied to all files with OXPS extension message should pop-up. Click Continue button in order to confirm your choice.

Step 4. Verify that the OXPS is not faulty

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper OXPS file. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.

1. The OXPS may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

If the OXPS is indeed infected, it is possible that the malware is blocking it from opening. It is advised to scan the system for viruses and malware as soon as possible or use an online antivirus scanner. If the scanner detected that the OXPS file is unsafe, proceed as instructed by the antivirus program to neutralize the threat.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

If the OXPS file was sent to you by someone else, ask this person to resend the file to you. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. It could happen the the download process of file with OXPS extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open Microsoft XPS Viewer

The operating systems may note enough free resources to run the application that support OXPS files. Close all running programs and try opening the OXPS file.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with OpenXPS Format file. It may be the case that the OXPS files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.

Conversion of a OXPS file

File Conversions from OXPS extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to OXPS file
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