Open WPS File

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Open WPS File

WPS file is similar to the DOC format. WPS files are text documents created with the Microsoft Works Word Processor (MWWP) word processor. Unlike Microsoft Word, this program does not offer advanced formatting options, such as macros. WPS files are efficient for basic text documents, such as notes, spreadsheets, database information and documents whose final product does not need complex effects or formats. Almost all versions of Word can open WPS files, but this format was suspended in 2006, when it was replaced by the DOC extension.

Technical details about WPS files

WPS formatted files can contain richly formatted text, images, clipart elements and tables made using Microsoft Works software.

The libwps library allows users to read and write WPS documents. The C ++ library enables the manipulation of WPS files with various programs, including OxygenOffice and NeoOffice. Microsoft Works allows users to open Microsoft Office documents and spreadsheets, as well as notebooks created with Excel. The only updated feature between versions consists of task panels. Microsoft Works was replaced in 2009 by Office 2010 Starter, which offers mainly the same features. The installation of the Office 2007 compatibility package allows you to import more documents into the WPS format. Modern word processors can open WPS files.

Applications to open WPS Files

To open WPS files we will classify it by application

Office 2000 users, or later

If you have Office installed on your computer you can edit and save files in the file format of the Works Word Processor that support Works versions 6, 7, 8 and 9.

OpenOffice users

The WPS file format can be opened with OpenOffice from version 2.2. If you have a lower version, all you have to do is update it.

Microsoft Works users

If you have Microsoft Works installed on your computer, you will have no problem opening WPS files, since these files are created with this application.


Due to the suspension of these types of formats, it is advisable to work with the DOC format, make a conversion to this format, or in any case make a copy / paste on an updated and compatible extension document.

Open WPS File on Windows OS

  • Try double clicking on an WPS file in Windows File Explorer.
  • If the WPS file reading software is associated correctly then the file will open
  • If the file did not open you should install Apache OpenOffice
  • To open WPS file in Apache OpenOffice you need to launch it and then select File->Open in the main menu
  • In the File Open dialog select WPS file and click "Open"

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File Extension Info

WPS Quick Info
  Microsoft Works Document
Opens with
  Microsoft Works
  Microsoft Word