How To Open WPS Files in Open Office

Opening a WPS file, or a file created with Microsoft Works, should be easy with Microsoft Word. But if you’re using the word processor of OpenOffice, then that is a different story. Don’t worry because you can still open a WPS file with a breeze using the OpenOffice’s Writer. Make sure, though, that you have the compatible version of the word processor. Follow the steps below:

  • Open the OpenOffice Writer. Locate this application and make it running. A new blank document will open. Don’t worry about that but instead, click “File” and then “Open.” The Open File dialogue box will appear.
  • Select the type of file from the “Files of Type” down arrow. There, you will see different types of files that you can open using that version of Writer. Look for the “WPS 2000/Office 1.0 (*.wps)” or similar type of file. If this is not available, then that means that your Writer version is not compatible with the WPS file. If the option is available, then select that and then proceed to the next step.
  • Locate the file. Go to the drive or folder where the WPS file that you want to open is located. Since you have chosen the file format, it will be easier for you to look for the file. Every folder you’ll enter will only display WPS files.
  • Select the WPS file. Click “Open” and the file will open.

    Don’t expect the Microsoft Works file to have any fancy formatting. This is a word processor similar to Wordpad and Notepad. It doesn’t have any rich formatting.

    Meanwhile, if the OpenOffice Writer version that you have cannot read the WPS file, then you have to change it to another version. Make sure that the new version you will use is compatible for opening WPS files. The Novell Edition and the version 3 are reported to be capable of opening these files. However, don’t expect to retain the same formatting. You might need to clean up the WPS file and do a little formatting to make it look like brand new again.

Other Ways to Open a WPS File

  • Use a Microsoft Word. Almost all Microsoft Word versions can open WPS files. After all, this is an old word processor file of Microsoft. It’s a shame if Microsoft Word can’t support its old file.
  • Convert the file. Use tools like Zamzar and other free file conversion services or applications to convert your WPS file into other files like DOC or ODT files. After converting the file, you can now open it using your desired word processor like the OpenOffice Writer.
  • Open it with Word Viewer. The Word Viewer 2003 will let you view WPS files and other similar files like DOC, TXT, XML, WPD, and RTF. This will not allow you to edit the file, though.

Microsoft Works is already an obsolete application that is replaced by newer word processors from Microsoft Corporation. But at least, you can still open your old files using other applications like the OpenOffice Writer. If that fails, don’t worry because the alternatives mentioned above will help you to view and/or edit WPS files.


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