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.wps File Extension

Developer: Microsoft Corporation
File type: Microsoft Works Word Processor Document
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .wps. Files with the file extension .wps can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .wps files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .wps file?

The WPS format is used for output files of the Microsoft Works word processing application. This means files in the .wps extension are text documents that can be created, saved, viewed and edited using the Microsoft Works program. Other applications that can be used to open and view the content of these WPS word documents include the Microsoft Word 2010 word processing program and the Microsoft Publisher 2010 software, while Linux users can install OxygenOffice Professional into their systems to open and view the content of these WPS files. Since these WPS files are text documents, its content may also have text formatting attributes, page layout elements, graphical objects such as images, charts and tables among others used for document presentations. To open a WPS file and view its content on a Mac system, users need to install the Planamesa NeoOffice program. These WPS files, particularly its content, can also be exported to other word document formats supported by applications that can open and view the content of a .wps file. This promotes more convenient and efficient document presentation groupware collaboration and sharing between users of different systems and word processing applications, but because a WPS document cannot be implemented with macros and other formatting options available in Microsoft Word, Microsoft discontinued support and development of the Microsoft Works application with version 9 and the release of Microsoft Word 2010.

how to open a .wps file?

Launch a .wps file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .wps file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .wps files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .wps file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .wps file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .wps file association errors

applications that open a .wps file

Microsoft Works

Microsoft Works

Microsoft Works is incorporated package software that was developed by Microsoft. It is less expensive, smaller, and has fewer features than Microsoft Office or other office suites. Its central functionality includes a word processor, a spreadsheet and a database management system. Newer versions have a calendar application and a dictionary while older versions included a terminal emulator. Files with WPS extension is utilized for output files of the Microsoft Works word processing application. These files are classified as text documents that can be created, saved, viewed and edited using the Microsoft Works program. Microsoft Word 2010, Microsoft Publisher 2010, Planamesa NeoOffice, and OxygenOffice Professional are some of the applications that are able to open and view the content of these WPS files. The contents of these WPS files can also be exported to other compatible word document formats. This promotes convenience and efficient document presentation, group collaboration and sharing between users of different systems and word processing applications; however, WPS document cannot be applied with macros and other formatting options available in Microsoft Word; so Microsoft discontinued support and development of the Microsoft Works application with its version 9 and the release of Microsoft Word 2010.
Microsoft Write

Microsoft Write

Microsoft Write (MS Write) software is a word processing application, created for earlier versions of Microsoft Windows, and has a new counterpart word processing program, the Microsoft WordPad, which is bundled with later versions of Microsoft Windows. It uses files with .wri extension as output files that are generated by the software. These files are word documents and MS Write can develop its visual presentation with the use of .wri documents where users are able to format and make layouts. Early versions of Microsoft Works application as a word processing software can be utilized to open and view the contents of .wri format. Other applications that are able to open and view .wri files are Corel WordPerfect Office X6 and some word and text editors for Microsoft Windows based system, such as Microsoft Word 2010, Microsoft Notepad, and Planamesa NeoOffice application or the so called Microsoft Word 2011 in the Mac version.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .wps files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .wps. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.
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