.WPS File Extension

.WPS File Extension

File Type 1

Microsoft Works Word Processor Document

Developer Microsoft
Popularity
3.7  |  78 Votes
Category Text Files
Format Binary

What is a WPS file?

A WPS file is a document created with Microsoft Works Word Processor, a word-processing application included with the Microsoft Works productivity suite. It contains document elements similar to a Microsoft Word (.DOC) document but does not support advanced formatting options and macros that a Word document may contain.

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Screenshot of a .wps file in LibreOffice Writer 5
WPS file open in LibreOffice Writer 5

WPS files were commonly used in the late-1980s and 1990s for storing various types of documents, such as essays, letters, invitations, financial reports, resumes, and newsletters. However, Microsoft Works and WPS files decreased in usage in the 2000s due to the rise in popularity of Microsoft Office and Word DOC files.

Microsoft eventually discontinued the WPS format in 2006, replacing it with the DOC format. The Works productivity suite was then discontinued in 2009 with Works 9 being the final version.

How do I open a WPS file?

You can open WPS files with Microsoft Works Word Processor if you still have access to it (discontinued in 2009). You can also open WPS files (version 6.0 or later) with Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel by clicking File → Open, selecting "All Files (*.*)" in the File Type dropdown menu, then choosing the WPS file you want to open.

Other applications that support WPS files include the Writer word processor included with LibreOffice (multiplatform), Planamesa NeoOffice (macOS), and OxygenOffice Professional (Linux).

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Programs that open or reference WPS files

Updated April 21, 2021
File Type 2

Kingsoft Writer Document

Developer Kingsoft
Popularity
3.5  |  67 Votes
Category Text Files
Format Binary

What is a WPS file?

A WPS file is a word processing document created by Kingsoft Writer, a word processor that is part of the Kingsoft WPS Office suite. It contains text, images, and page formatting. WPS files are similar to Microsoft Word documents (.DOC or .DOCX files).

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Screenshot of a .wps file in Kingsoft WPS Office 2019
WPS file open in Kingsoft WPS Office 2019

The WPS file is the main file associated with Writer. It is created when you save a document in order to store the contents of the document. You can create a WPS document from scratch or use the .WPT template to start and save it as a WPS file.

Writer is included with the WPS Office suite, along with the Presentation and Spreadsheets programs. Besides the WPS file, Writer supports other documents, including .DOCX, .DOC, .DOTX, .PDF, and .RTF documents. Writer features rich text editing and document formatting capabilities and comes with several tools including spell check, word count, thesaurus, and add-ins.

Programs that open or reference WPS files

Updated May 5, 2020
File Type 3

Translator's Workbench Project File

Developer SDL
Popularity
3.1  |  15 Votes
Category Settings Files
Format N/A

What is a WPS file?

Project settings file saved by Translator's Workbench, a language translation and localization program; stores settings used for translating application text into another language; enables users to store and reuse translation memory system properties.

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SDL replaced Translator's Workbench with the newer SDL Trados Studio software.

Programs that open WPS files

Windows
SDL Translator's Workbench
Updated November 12, 2010

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