How to Open a WPS File

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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 This software is now obsolete and has been replaced by Microsoft Word.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


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

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

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

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

  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.



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