How to Open an EPS File on Windows XP

by Wolfram Donat

EPS stands for encapsulated postscript and is the standard file format for importing and exporting postscript files, which are often used by computer printers. EPS files are like file containers, in that they can contain text, graphics and images. Because of this capability, it is not always easy to see the contents of an EPS file using a standard image-viewing program such as Microsoft Paint. You can open and use an EPS file in several ways.

Add the file to a Microsoft Word document. To do this, click the "Insert" menu. Choose "Picture." Select "Encapsulated Postscript" from the pull-down menu, and select the file you wish to open. Click "Insert." If the file has been saved with a preview, you will be able to see the preview within the Word document.

Open the file using Adobe Photoshop, ImageReady or Illustrator. If you have any of those three programs installed, right-click the file and select "Open With." Choose the Adobe program and click "OK."

Download and install GIMP from gimp.org. GIMP is a free, open-source alternative to Adobe Photoshop that can interpret and open postscript files. After installing GIMP, right-click on the .eps file, select "Open With" and choose "GIMP."

About the Author

Wolfram Donat is an information technology professional and writer currently finishing a degree in computer systems engineering. He has had success writing for both on- and offline audiences, and moonlights as a professional copywriter as studies permit. He is currently shopping his first novel to agents and publishers, and is hard at work on his second.