Have you ever thought about why new smartphones don’t all have the same charging port, or why software isn’t universal for all operating systems? As you probably know, the answer is simple: tech companies want you to use their products exclusively, and that’s exactly why XPS files exist at all.
This format was Windows’ response to the PDF, and though it’s not quite as popular, it’s still important to know how to access them.
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There was a time in which XPS files were regarded as a major threat to the PDF format, but that’s all but forgotten at this point. Now, Windows maintains their XPS option simply because it’s been a part of their platform for so long, and some users are comfortable with using it.
Don’t be shocked if you receive an XPS file, even if you’re not familiar with the file type—it’s a legitimate format, but knowing how to open it can feel a bit confusing.
Opening an XPS file isn’t like opening just any old PDF, you need a specific software in order to do it. If you have a windows, XPS viewer comes standard on your computer. Just search for XPS viewer on your computer, open the program, and then open the file you want to see within it.
If you’re using a Mac, you simply cannot open an XPS file. Instead, you’ll need to search online for a program that can convert an XPS file to a PDF. Once you find one, you can upload the XPS, convert it, then download the PDF version which you should have no trouble opening.
XPS files aren’t all that common, but just in case you run into one, it’s a good idea to know how to handle it.