Files with the WPS extension are documents created with the Mircosoft Works software. They may contain elements such as formatted text, images, ClipArts and tables; therefore they are similar to documents in DOC format.
It is not surprising that WPS and DOC files share many similarities, because the WPS format was substituted in 2006 by his newer „brother” – DOC – which brought certain upgrades. WPS do not provide some of the more advanced formatting options and it does not contain macros. Therefore WPS files are sufficient only to support basic text documents, such as creating notes, spreadsheets – everything which does not require complicated formatting and effects.
Considering the above mentioned features, the WPS format was substituted by DOC because the latter turned out to be more universal and useful. However, despite the differences occurring between those formats, current Mircosoft Word and Microsoft Publisher programs are able to open WPS files. It is also possible to convert Works documents into the format currently used by MS Words with the Microsoft Works 6-9 Converter application.
The list that follows enumerates programs compatible with WPS files, divided into 3 categories based on operating system on which they are available. WPS files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.
There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening WPS files on given system. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to Microsoft Works Word Processor Document files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.
The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening WPS files is that no program that can handle WPS files is installed on user’s system. This one is an easy one. Select Microsoft Works or one of the recommended programs (for example, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. Above you will find a complete listing of programs that support WPS files, classified according to system platforms for which they are available. The safest method of downloading Microsoft Works installed is by going to developer’s website (Microsoft Corporation) and downloading the software using provided links.
You still cannot access WPS files although Microsoft Works is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. This can be one of the causes why WPS files are not compatible with Microsoft Works. The latest version of Microsoft Works should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.
If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate WPS files with latest version of Microsoft Works you have installed on your device. The next step should pose no problems. The procedure is straightforward and largely system-independent
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Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the WPS file is valid. It is probable that the file is corrupted and thus cannot be accessed.
Should it happed that the WPS is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. WPS file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.
If you obtained the problematic WPS file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. The file might have been copied erroneously and the data lost integrity, which precludes from accessing the file. If the WPS file has been downloaded from the internet only partially, try to redownload it.
Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.
If the systems has insufficient resources to open WPS files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.
Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Microsoft Works Word Processor Document files. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with WPS files affecting older versions of given software.
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