How to Convert WPS to Wordpad

By Marina Martin

Native Microsoft Works word processing files have the extension WPS (short for Word Processing). You need a copy of Microsoft Works or Microsoft Word to open and edit these files, which is inconvenient if you want to share a document with someone who doesn't have access to either of these programs. Converting a WPS file into a RTF (Rich Text Format) file, however, allows anyone with a Windows machine to open and edit the file in Wordpad, which is included for free with every version of Windows.

If You Have Microsoft Works

Step 1

Launch Microsoft Works.

Step 2

Choose "Open" from the "File" menu and double-click on the WPS file.

Step 3

Choose "Save As" from the "File" menu and select "Rich Text Format (*.rtf)" from the "Save as Type" drop-down menu.

Step 4

Click "Save." You can open this new version of the file in Wordpad.

If You Do Not Have Microsoft Works

Step 1

Download a free 60-day trial of Microsoft Word (see link in "Resources") if you do not already have a copy.

Step 2

Download and install the Works 6-9 Converter from Microsoft (see "Resource 1"), which lets you open WPS files inside Word.

Step 3

Launch Microsoft Office.

Step 4

Choose "Open" from the "File" menu.

Step 5

Double-click on your WPS file to open it.

Step 6

Choose "Save As" from the "File" menu. Change the "Save As Type" drop-down field to "Rich Text Format (*.rtf)" and click "Save." You can now open the RTF version of the WPS file in Wordpad.