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.
An XPS document is any file that is saved to the XML Paper Specification or .xps file format. Although you can create XPS documents (.xps files) by using any program that you can print from in Windows, you can view XPS documents only by using the XPS Viewer.
When you open an XPS document, the viewer automatically opens the document in an Internet Explorer window. Two additional
toolbars appear, one above and the other below, the XPS document. Each toolbar provides options for viewing and managing XPS documents, including:
Saving a copy of the XPS document to your computer.
Finding a word or phrase in the read-only XPS document.
Going to a specific page by typing a page number or by navigating forward and back through the document pages.
Zooming in or out to make text and pictures easier to read.
Viewing one or more pages at a time on your screen.
Digitally signing the XPS document.
Determining who can access the document and for how long by applying document permissions.
If you have Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0, the XPS Viewer is installed on your PC.
Under Programs and Features, click Turn Windows features on or off.
If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.
Look for .NET Framework 3.0 in the list of features. If it’s listed, double-click the folder to view its contents.
In the .NET Framework 3.0 folder, make sure that the XPS Viewer check box is selected, and then click OK.
If you don’t have .NET Framework 3.0 installed on Windows Vista, or if you have Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, or Windows Server 2008, you can go online to download it from the Microsoft Download Center.