How to Convert WPS Files to Word Files on a Mac

The WPS file extension is the native file format for Microsoft Works word processor documents. If you use Microsoft Windows, you can easily convert WPS files to Word using either Works or Word. However, it's not as easy on a Mac. The Mac version of Microsoft Works was discontinued, but you can use various third-party conversion programs to convert WPS files to Word documents in Mac OS--either a full-version software available for purchase, or a free online conversion or freeware program.


  1. MacLinkPlus Deluxe

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      Purchase MacLinkPlus Deluxe online (see Resources). As of 2010, it costs $79.99. The program allows you to convert a large range of Macintosh and Windows file formats.

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      Install the program and launch it on your Mac.

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      Click "Add" and select a WPS file you want to convert.

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      Click "Destination Folder" to select where you want to place the Word document once converted.

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      Click "Translate." Choose the version of Word to which you want to convert the file. The file will be converted and you'll be able to open the file in Word for Mac.

    Zamzar Online Conversion

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      Log on to Zamzar (see Resources).

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      Click "Browse" to select a WPS file from your computer.

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      Click the "Convert File to" menu. Select "wps" listed under "Doc formats."

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      Enter your email address.

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      Click "Convert." The converted Word document will be emailed to you. Then you can download the file and open it in Word.

    File Juicer Freeware

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      Download File Juicer (see Resources), a text-extraction program that will import the text from a WPS file into a DOC file.

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      Drag the "File Juicer" icon to your "Applications" folder in the Finder. Drag the "File Juicer" disk image to the "Trash" icon to eject it.

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      Double-click "File Juicer" in the Applications folder to open it. It will appear in the Dock.

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      Locate a WPS file you want to convert and select the file. Click and drag the file to the File Juicer icon in the Dock. The application will immediately extract text from the file and create a DOC file and TXT file.

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      Double-click the DOC file to open it. You now can open the file in Word.

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