How to open an XPS document in Word

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How to open an XPS document in Word
You can use a converter to open XPS files in Word. (document image by Marvin Gerste from

The XML Paper Specification (XPS) format is basically an electronic version of XML-based digital documents. The format retains the look and feel of your document, like a photograph, and includes the original pagination. Although Word 2007 includes an add-in that lets you save Word files as XPS documents, no option is available to open files in that format within Word. You can, however, use a converter to open XPS files in Word.

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  1. 1

    Install and open Able2Extract on your computer (see Resources). Select "File" and "Open" from the Able2Extract menu.

  2. 2

    Change "Files of type" to "All Files" in the "Open" dialogue box. Then find and double-click the XPS document you want to open.

  3. 3

    Select "Edit" and "Select All Pages" from the toolbar to highlight the text in the entire document. Then click the "Convert to Word" icon from the toolbar.

  4. 4

    Select "Standard" to retain background graphics and textual layout. Then click on "Convert."

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    Select "Word Document" and click "Convert."

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    Name the file in the "Save As" dialogue box and click on "Save." Choose "Complete Conversion," then go to Microsoft Word.

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    Click the "Open" button. Find and double-click the converted XPS file in the "Open" dialogue box to open it in Word.


  1. 1

    Go to the CometDocs web page (see Resources) and click "Browse." Navigate to the XPS document on your computer and double-click it.

  2. 2

    Choose "XPS to Word" for the type of file.

  3. 3

    Enter your e-mail into the email text field, then click "Send."

  4. 4

    Go to your e-mail box and open the email containing the converted file. Save the file to your computer.

  5. 5

    Go to Microsoft Word and click the "Open" button. Select and double-click the file you saved in the previous step to open it in Word.


  1. 1

    Install Nuance on your computer (see Resources), then open Microsoft Word. Select the Office Button (in Word 2007) or "File" menu (in Word 2003), then click "Open PDF/XPS."

  2. 2

    Change "Files of type" to "XPS." Then find and open the XPS file. The document will open in Word.

  3. 3

    Select the Office Button (in Word 2007) or "File" menu in (Word 2003), then click on "Save As." Name the file and click on "Save" to save it in a Word format.

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