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How do you open XPS files?

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To open an XPS file, double-click on the file, or right-click on it, and select Open to allow the system to automatically open the XPS Viewer feature. If the file does not open, turn the XPS Viewer feature on by accessing .NET Framework through the Windows Features menu.

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  1. Download Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 or later

    Go to Microsoft, and navigate to the Downloads section. Search for ".NET Framework," and download .NET Framework 3.0, or the latest version that is compatible with your operating system. Follow the program's install wizard to install the program on your system.

  2. Enable XPS Viewer

    Click Start, and open the Control Panel. Find Programs in the list of Control Panel options, and click on it. Within the Programs and Features list, click on the Turn Windows features on or off option, and bypass the administrator pop-up to open the system's list of Windows features. Look for your version of .NET Framework, and press the + icon located next to the program's folder to open its features. Tick the box located next to XPS Viewer, and click OK.

  3. Open the XPS file

    Navigate to the folder that contains the XPS file. Open it, and wait for XPS Viewer to launch.

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