How to Open WPS File in Word

As most of you would be knowing WPS is the file extension for a Microsoft Works File. To be honest Microsoft does not support WPS Files very well. Hence the best way to avoid WPS File is to get your old computer upgraded. However in this tutorial I am going to help you on how to open wps file in word. There are several ways to achieve this depending on your choice. I will highlighting all the methods and you could easily choose any of these methods to open wps file in word as per your requirement.

How to Open WPS File in Word

Method 1: If you have Microsoft Works installed on your computer

This is the easiest method for those users who have Microsoft Works installed on their machines. This method basically works by saving a .wps (Works 6.0, Works 7.0, Works 8.0 or Works 9.0) file as a Word document using Microsoft Works so that you could directly then open the document in Microsoft Office Word. Please follow below given step by step procedure:

  1. Open Microsoft Works Program.
  2. Now open the document which you want to be able to open in Word.
  3. After opening the document, click on File and then click Save As.
  4. In the Save As dialog box, follow below steps:
    • In the Save in box, browse the location where you want to save the Word format of you document.
    • Now in the File name box, type a new name for the Word version of your document.
    • In the Save as type box, select Word 97-2000 & 6.0/95 – RTF (*.doc)
    • Then click Save.
    • Please note that if you are using Works 8.0, select Word 97-2003 (*.doc) in the Save as type box, and then click Save.
    • On the File menu, click Close to close the document before you try to open the document in Word.

Start Microsoft Word and open the freshly converted word document.

So this was how you could use Microsoft Works to covert .wps file to word file.

Method 2: Using Works 6-9 Converter:

Don’t worry if you do not have Microsoft Works installed on your computer. You can still open wps file in word. Using this method we will be downloading Works 6-9 Converter first. In case you have installed Works previously on your computer then you can skip this Step and move forward to Method 3. Please follow below steps to download the Works 6-9 Converter:

  1. Please close Microsoft Word if it already open.
  2. Now go to this link to download Works 6-9 Converter.
  3. After visiting Microsoft website, Click Download button.
  4. Now in the File Download dialog box, click Save File.
  5. Once the download is complete, double-click the saved file. Works 6-9 Converter installer would be started.
  6. Start the installation process and follow the instructions.
    Note Please ensure to accept the terms of the License Agreement, as the installation cannot start until you accept this.
  7. Click Install to install the file converter on your computer.
  8. After this the program will be installed on your computer and would be ready to convert wps file to word.

Please note that in case the file does not download or is installed incorrectly, then you need worry as you can follow other methods.

Method 3: Open the Works document in Word

I am sure you will be surprise to learn that Microsoft Word allows opening a wps file without conversion. Although there is a trick which I will be sharing in below mentioned steps:

  1. Start Microsoft Office Word
  2. Now click the File Menu and click Open (in Word 2000, Word 2002 or Word 2003
  3. In Word 2007 or Word 2010, click Microsoft Office Button, and then click Open.
  4. In the Open dialog box,
    • Change the Look in box to the location of your Works document.
    • In the Files of type box, click All Files (*.*).
    • Now select the Works document (.wps) that you want to open, and then click Open.

Once the document opens correctly, click File, click Save As, and then change the file type to a Microsoft Word document (.doc).

Save the document.

So this was how you could convert a wps file into a Word document.

You can open a WPS file in one of two ways: either convert it to a Word document if you want to be able to edit it or download a WPS viewer.

Method 4: Download Word 2003 Viewer

This is the most simple way to view WPS file. All you have to do is to download a tool at the click of your mouse.

Please use this link to download the Word Viewer 2003.

Word Viewer 2003 is capable to open a wide variety of extension including .wps, .rtf, .txt, .wpd, and .xml, .doc. It opens files from both Microsoft Works 6.0 and 7.0

Please note that using this tool you would be able to able to view file. However you would not be able to convert or save the file to word document.

This was all about the various ways to open wps file in word. Please feel free to share your suggestions, feedback or issues in the comments section below.




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