I cannot open a OXPS file. What should I do? Help!

Virtually anyone has encountered some problems with opening unknown files while working on a computer. It can be very frustrating. Yet such problems, not only with OXPS files, can be addressed in a standard way. Follow the steps below and we can guarantee that your problem with opening OXPS will be resolved!

OXPS File Extension

  • File type OpenXPS Format
  • File developer Microsoft
  • File category Layout Files
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What is a(n) OXPS file?

The page template file with the extension .OXPS is created when the document is printed using the Microsoft XPS Document Write option. The file, like the .PDF format, allows you to maintain proper document formatting when printing. The format is practically no different from .XPS.


How to open OXPS file?

If given user account does not have necessary permissions to open files with OXPS extension, it is highly probable that no program that supports given files is installed on the users’ system. Below is a list of actions user should pursue in order to resolve most common problems.

Step 1. Download and install application that supports OXPS files

After the application has been installed, the system should automatically open OXPS files with given application. Below is the list of relevant programs along with operating systems they are available for:

Programs that support OXPS files

Step 2. Verify whether OXPS files are associated with appropriate software

It is possible that an application that supports OXPS files is not associated with such files. In such case, the program should by manually associated with OXPS files (right-click on the file icon → PropertiesGeneral Tab → In submenu "Open with" and click on "Change" button. System will display a list of suggested programs that support OXPS files. Choose the application by checking the box "Always use the selected application to open this kind of files". System will store this information in its registry and use it to open OXPS files with the selected program.

Changing OXPS file association in registry

File association for OXPS files can be edited manually by editing appropriate entry in Windows System Registry. However, it is discouraged as it may introduce errors to registry if not done properly and may even damage the system.

Step 3. Check OXPS file for other errors

  • OXPS file was not copied properly from storage medium.
  • Antivirus application prevents opening OXPS files. In that case it is recommended to exercise extreme caution and recover or delete infected OXPS file. It is also advised to scan the entire system for malicious software and viruses with antivirus software.
  • For OXPS files downloaded from the internet it is advised to check if the file has been downloaded completely and is not corrupted. If not, the file should be re-downloaded.

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