How to Edit an XPS File

by C.D. Crowder
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By default, XML Paper Specification (XPS) files are not editable. XPS is a page description language that describes all data contained on one or more document pages. View an XPS file without distortion regardless of your operating system or type of XPS viewing application. If you need to make changes to an XPS file, edit the file with a third-party application called NiXPS Edit. Microsoft created XPS as an alternative to PDF but, as of 2010, has yet to create an editor for XPS files.

Step 1

Visit NiXPS.

Step 2

Press the "Try" button and fill out the form to receive a download link for NiXPS Edit.

Step 3

Download NiXPS from the email you receive from NiXPS.

Step 4

Double-click the downloaded file and follow the prompts to install the trial.

Step 5

Select the "File" menu.

Step 6

Press "Open" and select your XPS file.

Use the buttons at the top of the screen and the "Tools" menu to edit your XPS file.


  • NiXPS Edit is available as a free trial. After the trial ends, you must purchase the software to continue editing XPS files.


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About the Author

C.D. Crowder has been a freelance writer on a variety of topics including but not limited to technology, education, music, relationships and pets since 2008. Crowder holds an A.A.S degree in networking and one in software development and continues to develop programs and websites in addition to writing.

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