So, what is the WPS file extension? If you've ever used text documentation software before, you've probably at some time or another come across files that ended in the extension WPS. But what are they, and how do you open WPS files? Let's take a look.
Do I need to do something special to open WPS files?
You don't need a special WPS viewer to open WPS files. Nearly all versions of Microsoft Word can handle opening the files. WPS is the file extension of documents saved using Microsoft Works. Works is like a bare-bones version of Word, lacking many of its features yet capable of producing text documents. This program usually comes installed on most PCs running Windows operating systems. Windows users have to purchase Microsoft Word separately, but Works comes preinstalled.
How do you open other file formats in Microsoft Works?
If you currently use Microsoft Works and want to upgrade to Word, don't worry about converting the files into a different format. Word should be able to handle them. However, if you try to open Word documents in Works, it won't work. Works can handle only a limited amount of files. Files saved with the extension WPS, RTF and TXT should all be compatible on Works. The good thing is that you can just save any documents in Word as one of these files, and it will have no problem opening in Works. Just open the file in Word, click the Save As option from the File menu and change the extension to what you want it to be. RTF and TXT files are pretty universally accepted by all major word processing software.