The File Extensions Database

.WPS File Extension

  • Developer by: Microsoft
  • Category: Text Files
  • Format: Binary

What is an .WPS file?

.WPS is Microsoft Works Word Processor Document

A WPS file is a document created with Microsoft Works word processing software. It contains document elements similar to a Microsoft Word (.DOC) document, but does not include advanced formatting options and macros that a Word document may contain.

WPS file open in LibreOffice Writer 5

Microsoft Works 9 was the final version of Works and the software was discontinued in 2010. However, Windows users can still open WPS files with Microsoft Word or Microsoft Publisher. To open WPS files with either of these programs, you may need to select "Word 2000" or "All File Types" in the Open dialog box. You can also convert Works documents to Word documents using the "Microsoft Works 6–9 File Converter" application.

The macOS (Mac OS X) version of Microsoft Works was discontinued after version 4.0. Therefore, most modern Works documents cannot be opened using Works for Mac. However, WPS files can be opened in Mac OS X using NeoOffice 2.2 or later, which includes the "libwps" library.

On Linux systems, WPS files can be opened using OxygenOffice Professional or another variation of the suite that includes the "libwps" library. Some Linux distributions may also include a program called wps2odt, which uses libwps and can convert WPS files to .ODT files. A package called "writerperfect" may also include wps2odt if the appropriate version of libwps is available.

Also, the Writer program included with the free LibreOffice suite is another program that supports WPS files. It is a great alternative for Windows, macOS, and Linux users.

NOTE: The WPS format was discontinued by Microsoft in 2006 and was replaced by the standard Microsoft Word ".DOC" format.

Programs that open Microsoft Works Word Processor Document
File Viewer Plus
Microsoft Works
NCH Doxillion
Planamesa NeoOffice
OxygenOffice Professional
File Type 2 Kingsoft Writer Document
Developer by: Kingsoft Category: Text Files Format: Binary

A WPS file is a word processing document created by Kingsoft Writer, a word processor that is part of the Kingsoft WPS Office suite. It contains text, images, and page formatting. WPS files are similar to Microsoft Word documents (.DOC or .DOCX files).

WPS file open in Kingsoft WPS Writer 2016

The WPS file is the main file associated with Writer. It is created when you save a document in order to store the contents of the document. You can create a WPS document from scratch or use the .WPT template to start and save it as a WPS file.

Writer is included with the WPS Office suite, along with the Presentation and Spreadsheets programs. Besides the WPS file, Writer supports other documents, including .DOCX, .DOC, .DOTX, .PDF, and .RTF documents. Writer features rich text editing and document formatting capabilities and comes with several tools including spell check, word count, thesaurus, and add-ins.

Programs that open Kingsoft Writer Document
Kingsoft WPS Office
Kingsoft Writer
Kingsoft WPS Office for Android
File Type 3 Translator's Workbench Project File
Developer by: SDL Category: Settings Files

Project settings file saved by Translator's Workbench, a language translation and localization program; stores settings used for translating application text into another language; enables users to store and reuse translation memory system properties.

SDL replaced Translator's Workbench with the newer SDL Trados Studio software.

How to solve problems with WPS files

  • Associate the WPS file extension with the correct application. On :
    Windows: Right click on any WPS file and then click "Open with" > "Choose another app". Now select another program and check the box "Always use this app to open *.WPS files". Mac: Right click (or Ctrl-click) the WPS file, then click "Open with" > "Other...". Then choose another program and check the "Always Open With" box. Linux: Right click on the file, and select "Open with" and choose another program. iPhone: Tap the file. If you do not see an app to open the file, then tap Share "Share" and choose an app. Alternatively, save the file. Then open the Files app Files app. There long-press on the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. Then tap "Share" and select an app. Android: Tap the Settings icon on your smartphone, then tap on the Apps section. There tap the Options icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen to change the default apps.
  • Update your software that should actually open .WPS is Microsoft Works Word Processor Document. Because only the current version supports the latest WPS file format. Search, therefore, e.g. on the Microsoft manufacturer website after an available .WPS is Microsoft Works Word Processor Document update.
  • To make sure that your WPS file is not corrupted or virus-infected, get the file again and scan it with antivirus software.