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Just what the heck is XPS?

Posted On 2009-12-27 by FortyPoundHead
Keywords: XPS Document Documents Viewer writer printer format print
Tags: Tutorial General Tip Windows 7 Vista Windows
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An XPS document is a new Microsoft document format that you can use to archive content in a standardized format or publish content in an easily viewable form. You can also use this format to ensure that no one is able to edit your original work.

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, which is included with this version of Windows.

When you click an XPS document, it will open automatically in the XPS Viewer. The two toolbars that appear at the top and bottom of the XPS Viewer provide options for viewing and managing XPS documents, including:

  1. Saving a copy of the XPS document to your computer.

  2. Finding a word or phrase in the read-only XPS document.

  3. Going to a specific page by typing a page number or by navigating forward and back through the document pages.

  4. Zooming in or out to make text and pictures easier to read.

  5. Viewing one or more pages at a time on your screen.

  6. Digitally signing the XPS document.

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

To open the XPS document viewer, simple click on your Start Orb, or press the Windows key on your keyboard, and type XPS. The XPS Viewer will appear and you can click it to open the viewer.


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