An XPS document is any file that is saved in the XML Paper Specification, or .xps, file format. You can create XPS documents (.xps files) by using any program that you can print from in Windows; however, you can only view XPS documents by using an XPS Viewer, such as the one included in this version of Windows.

When you click an XPS document, it opens automatically in the XPS Viewer. There are several options for viewing and managing XPS documents in the XPS Viewer, including:

  • Saving a copy of an XPS document to your computer

  • Searching the document for a word or phrase

  • Zooming in or out to make text and pictures easier to read

  • Digitally signing the XPS document

  • Determining who can access the document and for how long by applying document permissions

For more information about the XPS document format, see XPS documents: frequently asked questions. For more information about the XPS Viewer, see Using the XPS Viewer.