Files with the extension .XPS are image files of hard-copy documents. They are akin to Adobe Acrobat's PDF documents, which are very popular among most computer users. While XPS documents are not problematic for most newer versions of Windows, computers running on platforms prior to Windows Vista or on non-Windows operating systems may have trouble opening the documents. One work-around involves converting the XPS file to a TIFF (aka TIF) file that can be opened by most document-viewing programs. You can convert an XPS file to a TIFF file by using a free computer program like Converter for XPS Documents 1.0.
Download Converter for XPS Documents 1.0 by visiting the soft411.com website. This is a free program that is necessary to convert the XPS file to a TIFF file.
Once the necessary software has been downloaded, install Converter for XPS Documents by clicking the installation wizard icon that is located in the folder where you saved the software. The wizard will walk you through a simple installation that takes only a couple of minutes to complete.
When the program has been installed properly, open it.
Select the "File" button from the top menu bar and choose "new" from the drop-down menu. A pop-up window will open. Select the XPS file that you wish to convert to TIFF, then click the "Open" button in the lower right corner of the window.
Select "TIFF" from the conversion menu to tell the program you want to convert the XPS file to TIFF format.
Choose the output folder destination. The output folder destination is where the new TIFF file will be placed once it is created. If you want your new TIFF file to be stored in the same folder where the original XPS file was located, leave this section alone. The default settings will submit the new file to the same folder.
Click the "Convert" button to begin the conversion, which will take just a few seconds. A pop-up window will appear to inform you the conversion has completed.
The new TIFF file can now be opened in your computer's image viewing program.
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