Xtender: Install XPS Viewer

This tip is for anyone who would like to reinstall the Microsoft XPS Viewer on their computer, whether you use Xtender or not.

The Microsoft XPS Viewer allows you to view documents which are in the XPS format. XPS is a file format created by Microsoft which is very similar to PDF. XPS is no longer available from Microsoft, and the viewer is no longer available as of the April 2018 update of Windows 10. However, it is possible to reinstall the viewer on your computer if you need it. 

There are some documents stored in Xtender which use the XPS file format. If you don't have the XPS viewer on your computer, you won't be able to view those documents. XPS may be needed by Xtender users, but it is not part of Xtender and you do not need to have an Xtender account to use it.

Here’s how to re-install the XPS Viewer on a Windows 10 computer:

  1. Open Settings.
     
  2. Click on Apps.
     
  3. Click on Apps & features.
     
  4. Under Apps & features, click the Manage optional features option. 

Manage optional features in Windows 10 settings
 

  1. Click the Add a feature button. 

Add a feature link in Windows 10 settings
 

  1. Select XPS Viewer from the list. 

XPS Viewer setting in Windows 10
 

  1. Click the Install button. 

Once you finish the steps, the XPS Viewer will be installed on your computer. You will not receive a notice and may need to restart your computer. Once it's been installed, you will be able open XPS files on your computer. 

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Article ID: 3921
Created
Wed 3/24/21 2:52 PM
Modified
Wed 3/24/21 3:46 PM
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