How to Print XPS Files

By Tiesha Whatley

The XPS file format is Microsoft's answer to the commonly known and universal PDF format. Just like PDF, XPS is a multi-platform document type that allows users to share documents--no matter which operating system they are using. XPS is just catching steam after it was introduced with the Microsoft Office 2007, Windows Vista and Windows 7 platforms. Printing an XPS document is quite easy as long as you have an XPS viewer installed on your system. Windows Vista and Windows 7 ship with an XPS viewer already installed.

Things You'll Need

  • XPS Viewer

Step 1

Download and install the XPS viewer if you don't already have it installed on your computer. See the Resources section for a link to download it. After downloading the file, double-click it to start the installation wizard. Follow the steps in the installation wizard to install the program.

Step 2

Open your XPS file in the XPS viewer. Double-click the XPS file in its saved location and it will open automatically in the XPS viewer.

Step 3

Print the XPS file from within the XPS viewer. Click on "File > Print" in the menu bar. The "Print" dialog box appears. Choose a printer to print the file to and click "Print."

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also open the file from within the XPS Viewer by click "File > Open." Locate the file and click "Open."