Editing an XPS document


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  • Thank you for your post.


    Bryan S. Burgin Senior Escalation Engineer Microsoft Protocol Open Specifications Team
    Friday, February 03, 2012 6:08 PM
  • .XPS format files - Microsoft's PDF alternative (*NOT*)

    Only Microsoft could product an open document format that can't be opened by any word processing software! Even MS Word (Document contains errors!) can't open these files although they open just fine in the XPS Document Viewer!

    How on earth are you supposed to be able to open and edit the .xps files?

    At least with PDF files there are a number of programs out there that can open, edit and save PDF files.

    .xps is a joke~1

    Saturday, April 27, 2013 4:06 AM
  • Hello Te.eM,
    The purpose of this forum is to support the Open Specifications documentation. You can read about the Microsoft Open Specifications program from http://www.microsoft.com/openspecifications/en/us/default.aspx
    The library of Open Specification documents can be accessed from http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd208104(PROT.10).aspx. If you have a specific question regarding the protocol specification please post it under a separate thread. Your question may be more applicable to this forum http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsxps/threads

    There’s also an api you can refer to, http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms749165.aspx, and  you can edit them with VS, http://blogs.msdn.com/b/adrianford/archive/2008/07/03/visual-studio-and-xps-files.aspx

    Sreekanth Nadendla
    Microsoft Windows Open Specifications

    Monday, April 29, 2013 6:47 PM
  • You are confusing DOCX with XPS and PDF. DOCX can is an open standard which can be opened in open source suites such as Open Office.
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 7:39 AM
  • No we are not confusing anything. Our point is microsoft made this XPS file structure but theres no simple way to  edit it. For god sakes at least have Word be able to open it and edit it in native format. As of right now you can only copy and paste it onto a word doc and lose formating and tables etc. How hard is it to give us the ability to edit a file that we can generate.... Sometimes I have an XPS file due to limitations, and I need to edit it, why is this such a hard concept to understand. Look at the amount of work in the first post to just edit an XPS file... this is insane.
    Friday, July 24, 2015 3:07 AM
  • Hi vodanh,

    Thank you for your comments on Word’s support of the XPS format. As you’ve already seen posted on this thread, XPS is out of scope for the Open Specifications but is available as a downloadable specification here:


    We will pass this feedback about Word and XPS to the Word team.

    Best regards,
    Tom Jebo
    Microsoft Open Specifications

    Saturday, July 25, 2015 7:30 PM