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.WPS File Extension

File Type 1Microsoft Works Word Processor Document

3.7 (77 Votes)
CategoryText Files

What is a WPS file?

A WPS file is a document created with Microsoft Works word processing software. It contains document elements similar to a Microsoft Word (.DOC) document, but does not include 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

Microsoft Works 9 was the final version of Works and the software was discontinued in 2010. However, Windows users can still open WPS files created by Works versions 6 to 9 with Microsoft Office applications and "Microsoft Works 6–9 File Converter" installed. WPS file can also be opened in LibreOffice.

The macOS (Mac OS X) version of Microsoft Works was discontinued after version 4.0. Therefore, most modern Works documents cannot be opened using Works for Mac. However, WPS files can be opened in macOS using NeoOffice 2.2 or later, which includes the "libwps" library.

On Linux systems, WPS files can be opened using OxygenOffice Professional or another variation of the OpenOffice.org suite that includes the "libwps" library. Some Linux distributions may also include a program called wps2odt, which uses libwps and can convert WPS files to .ODT files. A package called "writerperfect" may also include wps2odt if the appropriate version of libwps is available.

Also, the Writer program included with the free LibreOffice suite is another program that supports WPS files. It is a great alternative for Windows, macOS, and Linux users.

NOTE: The WPS format was discontinued by Microsoft in 2006 and was replaced by the standard Microsoft Word ".DOC" format.

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Programs that open WPS files

Updated 3/7/2019

File Type 2Kingsoft Writer Document

3.5 (66 Votes)
CategoryText Files

.WPS File Association 2

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 WPS files

Updated 5/5/2020

File Type 3Translator's Workbench Project File

3.1 (15 Votes)
CategorySettings Files

.WPS File Association 3

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

SDL Translator's Workbench
Updated 11/12/2010

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