.WPS File Extension

Microsoft Works Text Document

Text File
The .WPS file format is used by 'Microsoft Works', an office suite considered to be a smaller, less expensive version of 'Microsoft Office' but still containing the three core features - a word-processor, spreadsheet and database (newer versions of Works now include a calendar tool).

Files with the .WPS extension belong to the word-processing element of Microsoft Works, and is the default file format for storing its documents.

Microsoft's Word is able to open and save .WPS formatted files.

Other .WPS file extensions

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    2006-06-30 17:46:51
    does anyone know if microsoft office can open this file? its all i have
    2007-01-14 22:10:01
    As far as I know, Microsoft's Word shouldn't have any problems opening a Works file. Word is a compontent of MS Office so you should be fine.
    Jay /
    2007-03-05 12:44:14
    As Ted says, you should have no problem opening a .wps file using Microsoft Word.
    2007-03-12 14:21:01
    I received a wps file which I tried to read using Word, but when I opened the file, there were characters that word couldn't read. Are all wps extentions from works??
    Jay /
    2007-03-14 19:17:00

    I'm pretty sure it'll be a works document, the version of works or your word version could be causing the problem.

    Try downloading the Works to Word converter program from the Microsoft website:

    Works 6.0 Converter for Works and Word Users

    If this doesn't work, try downloading the free Works/Word document viewer in the main section above.

    Best of luck :)
    2007-08-09 08:46:08
    Currently using MS Works version 8.5 2005, on XP. I'm getting two messages when I try to open a particular file.

    One says simething about needing a converter file. The other says thefile can't be open'd because the file format is not supported by any installed converters.

    This is news to me since I had been using this file with no problems. However I really need this file now Please Help. EL
    2008-01-02 16:46:19
    Microsoft has pulled Works 6/7/8/9 coverters for any version of Office earlier than Office 2003 - which is a crock of c r a p.

    I'm having the same issue with an important WPS file, created in an unknown version of Microsoft Works. NOTHING will open it correctly. And now there are no converters available from Microsoft for my relatively recent version of Office.
    2008-05-14 02:36:00
    I have received a WPS attachment with an email, and have had no success in my attempts to open it. I have Microsoft XP Professional. Can someone help?
    2008-06-01 04:50:28
    If You occur any problems with opening works files, open office files and You have installed only microsoft office try online conversion:

    It allows to convert files between these systems giving You on indicated email address converted into requested extension file.

    Hope I helped :)

    Good luck to everyone :)
    2008-08-04 07:34:12
    I know this sounds really dumb but I cannot save to a .wps extension in my Word 2003 program. The pull-down list shows the option to save in Works 6 and 7. When I click on it, it starts an export file and asks I insert my Word disc. After I do, it simply opens a list of everything on the Word disc without converting anything. I have no idea what those things contained in the Word disc do. Any ideas? I've Googled myself to death and only find .wps to word.Thanks
    Jay /
    2008-08-04 15:54:53
    Hi Ken,

    Not sure to be honest, it sounds as though Word is missing something. Try inserting the CD first, cancelling the screen that details what's on the CD, and then loading up Word and try converting to works again.
    2008-09-08 10:32:20
    I know OpenOffice and NeoOffice works.
    2008-09-14 23:39:14
    Can Works save a document as a doc file. if yes, can this change be made in the default settings?
    2008-10-16 02:20:20
    Microsoft works SUCKS! Dumb ******** put it on all new computers without giving a warning on the negative effects of MS WORK! Now, you ******** are giving customers an extreme HEADACHE!

    Microsoft should clean their own MESS! Provide us a clear solution to this problem now. Your converters don't seem to work!

    Also, stop loading new computers with all your CRAP!!
    2008-10-16 12:57:34
    received .wps doc from a pc and it wont open on my macbook using Microsoft Office 2008 - what to do?
    John Bradshaw
    2008-11-13 20:18:15
    HELP! My works/word files, when copied to disk, become read only, and may need editing. How can change my programming to not save them as read only?
    B Nathman
    2008-11-17 19:14:33
    I'm getting the following message when trying to open a file in My Documents. (This is a file that had been opening just fine with Microsoft Works until my computer "froze" and I turned off the computer.

    "Works cannot open this file (name given). The file may be in use by another application, the file format may not be supported by any of the installed converters, or the file may be corrupt."

    A download of Microsoft Word Viewer did not help.

    I get a document of little squares!

    Please help, this is a huge file, a book chapter of 169 pages!

    Any help appreciated! Thanks!

    Technicians at Microsoft were unable to help on a chat line.
    Jonathan Ray
    2008-12-03 18:11:00
    How about using Office for Mac? Does it work?
    2008-12-06 15:19:52
    Having huge issues with Office Works 9. Can open .doc files but if I alter them and save, I cannot reopen them. Been trying to find a patch all morning. I figure I am missing some sort of file converter. Been searching the internet and only finding people with the same issue but no resolutions. This really sucks.
    2009-01-26 07:54:27
    Rasterise the file type first then process the bits separately to the maps and that should do it!
    2009-01-26 21:56:10
    hey, I currently have microsoft works word processor, I cant seem to save files as (.doc) files so that i will be able to send it as an attach file at school to be able to print. Is there any way I would be able to save a wps file as a doc file and make it work? (i tried saving it under .doc first time and it said, the works cannot save the file to a specific destination)
    2009-02-23 16:10:13
    NEM, mine does the same, and I use mine for school as well. I wonder if Microsoft will reimburse me for the headache and the extra time it takes to try and find a solution.
    2009-07-02 16:39:52
    Guys, i have a number of works documents which were working fine today. All I did was create a new folder and put them into it. Now when I go into the folder I get this message:

    "works cannot open file, the file may be in use by another application, the file format may not be supported by any of the installed converters or the file may be corrupt"

    Can anyone help, tried renaming it to a .rtf file, still no joy.
    2009-08-12 12:29:29
    Does anyone know how do you open a Microsoft works document when it says "the file may be in use by another application, the file format may not be supported by any of the converters, or the file may be corrupt."
    Ticked Off
    2009-10-03 14:48:07
    When I try to save a document in Works Word Processor, the 'doc' choice is the 7th one in line to choose from. I don't want to have to choose 'doc' every time I want to 'save as'. Can I make this as a default somehow?
    2009-11-16 03:32:56
    I have saved my entire college diary for my exams, I have had no problems but when I went to open it last night I had this message "The file may be in use by another application, the file format may not be supported by any of the installed converters, or file maybe corrupt" ...I need to print this urgently and am at a loss of what to do.
    2010-03-22 08:59:34
    #27 is the only solution. Stop having headaches with Works, stop paying and arm and a leg for MS office. OOO is a free fully functional office alternative...and NO, I'm not getting paid to say this or have I ever worked for OOO. I have used it for years and it is a great, stable product!
    2010-06-26 01:52:07
    I received a .wps doc from pc and it wont open on my macbook using Microsoft Office 2008 - what to do?
    alex revell
    2010-07-04 05:14:19
    Did anyone ever solve the losing of a document in Word 8 and then getting the 'file may be in use by another application, the file format may not be supported by any of the installed converters or the file may be corrupt' message. My document just disappeared without warning while I was rewriting and only saved the last three words I'd typed.I use the five minuite save option, so the document must be there somewhere! Help please.
    2010-08-31 16:00:17
    I had the same trouble as a lot of you when trying to transfer old Works "wps" files from my old laptop to the latest Works version on my new laptop; the same error message and failure to open the files.

    I cracked the problem by saving the old "wps" files from my old laptop as "text" files on a memory stick, and then opening them from the stick as "text" files in the new version on the new laptop but then saving them there as "wps" files. Bingo!
    2011-03-15 09:39:27
    Am frantically job hunting, obviously haven't been able to afford Word software so I'm using Works which came installed on my laptop. Done my CV intending to print some off, one job in particular at the moment I want to apply for which are only accepting applications the old fashioned way - by post with CV and covering letter - and I can't open the damned CV document to do anything with it!!! I had no idea this was the catch of the free Word Processor! >:(
    2012-03-13 21:48:54
    You CAN use Microsoft Word to open Works.
    Go to and download to be on the safe side the file: Works 6.0-9.0 Converter. After download open and install file. Then follow the steps below.
    1. Open Word
    2. Click file top left and then in drop down menu click open
    3. Cursor will be blinking in File Name, below this is "Files of Type" - Click the down arrow and look for the file you installed called "Works 6.0-9.0" Click this
    4. This then allows all your .wps files to show in the viewing pane and also allows them to open up to be read, copied and saved. If you want to eliminate the .wps file then copy what you want/need and save it in word or wordpad

    5. Locate the file to be opened and click on to open. Now you can read, copy or resave it as a word document by using the "save-as" function in the "File" dropdown menu in top left cormer of the word document. Rename it or give the same name if it allows. If not ad a space and save with the same name anyway.
    Thats what I found to be the easiest way to use word for opening works

    Hope this is of help to some!