How to open wps files in open office

Updated February 21, 2017

The OpenOffice Productivity Suite is a free alternative to Microsoft Office. OpenOffice contains a word processing program, a spreadsheet program, a database program and PowerPoint-equivalent program. The suite of programs can open many different file formats created in other software programs. The software package can even open and convert Microsoft Works word processor files. You can then save the WPS file as an OpenOffice Writer file.

Right-click the file you want to open and choose "Open With."

Choose "OpenOffice" from the list of programs. The operating system will list a suggested program, but you can click "Other Programs" to see a list of programs on your computer.

Click "OK."

Make formatting changes to the opened file. When OpenOffice Writer opens a file, the formatting will be lost. You will have to reformat the file to look like the original. Settings such as bold, italics and underline will not convert when opened with Writer.

Save the file by clicking the "File" menu and choosing "Save As." Enter the name of the file, choose a location where you want the file saved, and click "Save."


Save your document frequently as you edit. You may want to keep your original WPS file so you will have a backup.


Early versions of OpenOffice could not open WPS files. If your version is not opening the file, upgrade your version. The upgrade is free.

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