An .XPS file is a page layout file that is saved in Microsoft XPS format. The XPS file, also known as the XML Paper Specification file, describes the structure and content for the document including the page layout and appearance details. The XPS file is similar to the PDF file; however, the XPS file is supported in XML format. Also, the XPS file can be used consistently across various platforms and operating systems. The XPS file access permission can be set by using the XPS Viewer and also the XPS file can be digitally signed using the XPS Viewer.
The following list contains programs grouped by 3 operating systems that support XPS files. XPS 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 XPS files on given system. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to XML Paper Specification Format 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 XPS files is that no program that can handle XPS files is installed on user’s system. This one is an easy one. Select Microsoft XPS Viewer or one of the recommended programs (for example, XpsViewer, PDF Converter Professional, XpsConvert) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. 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.
You still cannot access XPS files although Microsoft XPS Viewer is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. This can be one of the causes why XPS 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.
After installing Microsoft XPS Viewer (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open XPS files. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.
Selecting the first-choice application in Windows
Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS
Should the problem still occur after following steps 1-3, check if the XPS file is valid. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.
If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the XPS file hinders attempts to open it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. XPS file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.
If you obtained the problematic XPS file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. It could happen the the download process of file with XPS extension was interrupted and the file data is defective. Download the file again from the same source.
Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Log in using an administrative account and see If this solves the problem.
If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with XPS extension. In this case close the other applications.
Up-to-date system and drivers not only makes your computer more secure, but also may solve problems with XML Paper Specification Format file. It may be the case that the XPS files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.
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