How to Open a WPS File

By Techwalla Contributor

A file with the “.wps” file extension was created by the Microsoft Works 2000 word processor. This software is now obsolete and has been replaced by Microsoft Word. To open a WPS file, you must have Microsoft Works 2000 installed on your computer or you will need a free converter, which you can download from the Microsoft website.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word

Step 1

Download the Works 2000 to Microsoft Word converter from the Microsoft website. Save the file to your desktop.

Step 2

Double-click the downloaded file to install and launch the application. Follow the on-screen prompts to complete the installation.

Step 3

Launch Microsoft Word. Click "File" and then click "Open."

Step 4

Under “File Type,” scroll down to the “WPS” file format and select this option.

Step 5

Navigate to the folder containing the WPS file that you want to convert and double-click on it. The file will now open in Microsoft Word. Save the file as a native Word file if you wish. The new file will be saved with a “.doc” extension.

Tips & Warnings

  • WPS is an obsolete format. You should definitely convert all of these files to the DOC format supported by Microsoft Word.