Microsoft introduced the XPS format with the release of Windows Vista, as a replacement for PDF. The XPS file format isn’t new, but has faced a lack of popularity in the past.
In other words, XPS files (XML Paper Specification) are Microsoft’s answer to the PDF format invented by Adobe. However, XPS remains a popular format, even though its popularity is not as great as PDF.
The April 2018 update removes the XPS viewing option in Windows 10 because XPS never proved to be a popular file format.
Windows 10 XPS opening methods: 3 best choices
The default file viewer of Windows 10 can still be used if you still work with XPS files. Therefore, we will cover a step-by-step guide on viewing XPS files and documents on a Windows 10 computer in this article. Let’s take a look around.
1. Enable the XPS Viewer
We will revive the old Windows 10 XPS file viewer in this method. Here are several quick steps you can use to enable the PC’s XPS viewer on Windows 10.
Step 1. First of all, click on the Start button and select ‘Settings’
Step 2. On the Settings page, click on the ‘Apps‘ option.
Step 3. On the left pane, click on the ‘Apps & Features’ option.
Step 4. Now on the right pane, click on the ‘Optional Features’
Step 5. Now click on the (+) button behind the Add a feature option.
Step 6. On the Add a feature screen, type in ‘XPS Viewer’.
Step 7. Select the XPS viewer from the list and click on the ‘Install’ button.
That’s all there is to it! The task is complete. You will install the XPS Viewer on your PC. Microsoft Windows 10 now supports direct opening of XPS files.
2. Run the RUN command to install XPS Viewer
You need to use this method if you have trouble accessing Windows 10’s settings page. The XPS viewer application will be installed using the RUN dialog box on Windows 10.
Step 1. First of all, open Windows search and type in ‘Run‘. Open Run dialog box from the list.
Step 2. On the Run dialog box, type in ‘xpsrchvw’ and hit the Enter button.
That’s it! You are done. The above command will activate the XPS viewer of your Windows 10 PC. You can now directly open the XPS files on your system.
3. Convert XPS files to PDF format
You can also convert an XPS file into a PDF file to open it on unsupported operating systems. Adobe Reader installed on your computer allows you to open the XPS files via Adobe Reader if you convert them to PDF.
You can use online PDF converter sites to convert XPS files to PDF format. There are several websites available to convert XPS to PDF if you search on Google.
All of those websites can help you convert XPS files and documents into PDF format. The converted files can be viewed using Adobe Reader or any other PDF viewer app.