.XPS File Extension

XML Paper Specification

XPS files describe a document's layout, appearance, and printing information. They are saved in Microsoft's proprietary XPS format similar to PDF files. XPS stands for "XML Paper Specification" as it ...

General Information

Title XPS File Extension
Extension .xps
Full Form XML Paper Specification
File Type Fixed Layout Document
Developer Microsoft
MIME Type application/vnd.ms-xpsdocument

File Function

Primary Function Document storage
Additional Functions Digital paperwork, Printing
Features Fixed format, Read-only

File Characteristics

Quality High resolution
Supports Layers No
Supports Transparency Yes
Editable No

Use Cases

Document Sharing Yes
Archiving Yes
Printing Yes

Security and Practices

Security Risks Code execution
Best Practices File validation, Updated viewer

Historical/Version Information

Initial Release 2006
Latest Version OpenXPS (2016)

Associated Types

Similar Extensions .pdf, .oxps

Software Compatibility

Software Usage Policy OS Compatibility
Microsoft XPS Viewer Free Windows
XPS Annotator Free Windows
XPSView Paid Mac
Evince Free Linux