What is a XPS Viewer


The XPS (XML paper specification) files are similar to PDF format files. The XPS format is a format of Microsoft which is a competitor to PDF format. You can view a XPS document using XPS viewer. This article explains about XPS viewer.

What is a XPS Viewer


The XPS (XML paper specification) files are similar to PDF format files. The XPS format is a format of Microsoft which is a competitor to PDF format. You can view a XPS document using XPS viewer. Let us see what is an XPS viewer.

The XPS document is a file with an extension of '.xps'. The XPS documents can be created by any program that has the print feature. For example you can create a XPS document from MS Word, MS Power point, MS EXcel etc. Just select File->Print and select the printer name as "Microsoft Office XPS document writer" and save it as an .xps file. You can see a screen shot below of how to save a document as a .xps file.
Screen shot of saving a file as XPS document in Windows 7

The XPS files can only be viewed using the XPS viewer. If the XPS viewer is installed in your computer, you can view a XPS document just by double clicking on the document.

Many options are available in XPS viewer for managing the xps documents:

  • You can save a copy of the XPS document on your computer
  • You can search the XPS document for a word or a sentence by using XPS Viewer similar to what we do in MS Word
  • It is possible to zoom in or out so that we can easily read the text and pictures
  • It is possible to digitally sign the document
  • You can also set permissions so that only the permitted people can access the document. This is done by applying the document permissions in XPS Viewer



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    Comments

    Author: Krishna Verma29 Jul 2010 Member Level: Gold   Points : 1

    Hi ,
    A very nice and informative resource from Raghav about the XPS viewer.
    Moreover he shold also be appreciated for making such a nice article for a new topic which will bring more and more visitors to MWC.
    Waiting to see more such resources from you.



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