How to Open a WPS on a Mac

By C.D. Crowder

Open and convert old wps files so they're compatible with all Macs.
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WPS files are created in Microsoft Works. While Works is often installed on Windows machines, it isn't made for Macs. Mac users can still open WPS files by using Microsoft Word for Mac or with a file conversion program. Alternatively, open-source alternatives such as OpenOffice and NeoOffice both open WPS files and are compatible with the Mac operating system.

Open Microsoft Word , if installed. Press the Microsoft Office button and select “Open.” Choose the location of your WPS file. Select “All Files” from the “Files of Type” box. Select your file and choose “Open.”

If the file does not open or doesn't open correctly, the Works file may be in an older format. In this case, it must be converted before you can open it in Word.

Download Microsoft Works 6-9 File Converter. Double-click the file to start the installation wizard. Once installed, you will be able to open older WPS files with Microsoft Word. The converter automatically converts the file when you open it within Word.

Download and install OpenOffice or NeoOffice. Open your chosen program and select your WPS file. Both are open source. NeoOffice is specifically created for Mac.

Download and install Doxillion Document Converter Software. Select “Add File” and choose your WPS file. Select your “Output format” and press “Convert.” Convert the file into a compatible format for the word processor you have installed on your computer.


If Word isn't installed on your Mac, OpenOffice, NeoOffice and Doxillion Document Converter Software are all free to use.

Once you've opened the WPS file in another program, save it as a different file type for future use. For instance, save the WPS file as a Word document so it opens within Microsoft Office without any need for conversion.


Some formatting may be lost when converting or opening a WPS file outside of Works.

A WPS file created in Works 5 or earlier may need to be converted before it can be opened in Word.