How to Install XPS Viewer in Windows 11

How to Install XPS Viewer in Windows 11

Microsoft created the XPS i.e. XML Paper Specification format to compete with the widely used PDF or Portable Document Format. Although few people use XPS these days, it is not completely obsolete. You may come across an XPS file on rare occasions. An XPS Viewer was included in the Windows operating system until version 1803 of Windows 10. Unfortunately, it could not compete with PDF, therefore Microsoft stopped including it with Windows OS. However, as previously said, the spectator is not wholly inept. This post will guide you on how to install & use XPS viewer in Windows 11 to view XPS files. Additionally, we shall discuss how to uninstall XPS viewer too, in case, you find no use for it.

How to Install XPS Viewer in Windows 11

How to Install & Use XPS Viewer in Windows 11

Microsoft developed the XML Paper Specification format. XPS was designed to compete with PDF, however, it was never able to do so. The file extension for XPS documents is .xps or .oxps.

  • Along with the text, this format can store information such as a document look, layout, and structure.
  • Color and resolution independence are supported by this format.
  • It also includes features such as printer calibration, transparencies, CMYK color spaces, and color gradients.

Microsoft’s official application for viewing and editing XPS documents is XPS Viewer. In Windows 11, it is no longer included with the operating system. Microsoft did, however, provide the opportunity to add it as a separate feature to the OS.

  • You can use this program to read any .xps or .oxps file.
  • You can digitally sign them, if necessary.
  • You may also use an XPS reader to change the permissions on an XPS file or convert it to PDF.

Here’s how to install & use XPS Viewer on your Windows 11 PC:

1. Click on the Search icon and type Settings.

2. Then, click on Open.

Start menu search results for Settings. How to Install XPS Viewer in Windows 11

3. Click on Apps in the left pane.

4. Now, select Optional features, as depicted below.

Apps section in the Settings app

5. Click on View features, shown highlighted.

Optional Features section in the Settings app

6. Type XPS viewer in the search bar provided in the Add an optional feature window.

7. Check the box marked XPS Viewer and click on Next, as depicted below.

Add an optional feature dialog box. How to Install XPS Viewer in Windows 11

8. Finally, click on Install.

Add an optional feature dialog box.

Allow the XPS viewer to be installed. You can see the progress under Recent actions, as shown.

Recent actions section

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How to View XPS Files in Windows 11

Follow the given steps to use XPS viewer to open and view XPS files in Windows 11:

1. Click on the Search icon and type XPS Viewer.

2. Then, click on Open to launch it.

Start menu search results for XPS viewer

3. In the XPS Viewer window, click on File > Open… from the Menu bar at the top of the screen.

File menu in XPS Viewer. How to Install XPS Viewer in Windows 11

4. Locate and select your .xps file in the File Explorer and click on Open.

Access the File Explorer by pressing Windows +E keys together

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How to Convert XPS File to PDF File

Follow the given instructions to convert the XPS file to PDF:

1. Launch XPS Viewer from the search bar, as earlier.

Start menu search results for XPS viewer

2. Click on File > Open.. as shown. Browse your PC and select the file to be opened & converted.

File menu in XPS Viewer. How to Install XPS Viewer in Windows 11

3. Click on the Print icon from the top of the screen

Print icon in XPS Viewer

4. In the Print window, choose Microsoft Print to PDF in the Select Printer section.

5. Then, click on Print.

Print window in XPS Viewer

6. File Explorer window will appear. Rename & Save the file in the desired directory.

Save the word document as a PDF file by selecting PDF in the Save as a drop-down menu

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How to Uninstall XPS Viewer

Now that you know how to install & use XPS viewer on Windows 11, you should also know how to uninstall XPS viewer, if & when need be.

1. Click on Start and type Settings. Then, click on Open.

Start menu search results for settings

2. Click on Apps in the left pane and Optional features in the right.

Optional Features option in Apps section of Settings app. How to Install XPS Viewer in Windows 11

3. Scroll down or search for XPS Viewer. Click on it.

4. Under XPS Viewer tile, click on Uninstall, as depicted below.

Uninstalling XPS viewer

Note: You can view the progress of the uninstallation process under Recent actions section shown below.

Recent actions section

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Elon Decker

Elon is a tech writer at TechCult. He's been writing how-to guides for about 6 years now and has covered many topics. He loves to cover topics related to Windows, Android, and the latest tricks and tips.

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  1. Thanks so much for Win 11 XPS Viewer install info. Clear, concise, and with snapshots.
    Tremendous help!

    THANK YOU!

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