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How to Convert OXPS to PDF with Ease

Melissa Lee updated on Aug 29, 2023 | Home > PDF Knowledge Center | min read

Recently, Microsoft is making a change to its Microsoft Office branding. Microsoft Office is being renamed by Microsoft 365. After the official renaming, our article content will be updated accordingly.

Nowadays, more and more people have to work remotely and communicate with their colleagues using online tools, such as sending an email. If you want to send your colleague a document which is needed to be corrected, it's possible to embed it into the email as an attachment. However, the formats the email supports depend on which email address you are using. 

Some of them are only compatible with the most frequently used formats, such as Word, Excel, PDF, etc. What if you have a file in an uncommonly used format like OXPS?File conversion must be the most efficient method. But how to convert OXPS to PDF with simple clicks? This post will answer your question.

What is OXPS?

When it comes to OXPS, XPS has to be mentioned. XPS, also known as XML Paper Specification, is designed by Microsoft. It is usually regarded as the alternative to PDF. Still, there is a difference between those two formats, i.e., XPS doesn't support dynamic capabilities like PDF, which means it cannot contain some dynamic and interactive elements that can be included in PDF files.

OXPS is an open format that is based on XPS. If you want to create a .oxps format, the only software you need is Microsoft WordPad. You can create a file in it and click on "File" > "Print", then select the "Microsoft XPS Document Writer" as the printer and tap the "Print" button. Only a few seconds later, you will get an OXPS file.

But WordPad cannot help you turn OXPS into a universal format like PDF so that when you want to convert OXPS or XPS file into PDF, the first thing you have to do is finding a powerful converting tool that can help. 

How to Convert OXPS to PDF Offline

When you need to convert a file into PDF format on Windows, the most convenient way is to open it in Word, Excel, or other software integrated with the built-in converting tool of Windows OS. Then, the "Print to PDF" function will help you get a PDF file without effort.

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The precondition of "Print to PDF" is that the software should support the source format, and that is why you need to find an XPS viewer to open the OXPS files and print them to PDF. Most Windows users are not aware that there is a built-in XPS viewer on their computers. Starting with Windows 10 v1803, this program will keep disabling by default until you turn it on manually. This part will show you how to turn on that Windows feature and how to do the conversion.

Steps to Enable XPS Viewer and Convert OXPS to PDF Offline:

This tutorial will take Windows 10 Pro v1803 as an example to show you the detailed steps. 

Step 1. Go to the control panel and find the "Windows Settings" interface and select the "Apps" option to continue.

Windows settings interface

Step 2. Under the "Apps & features" tab, you will find the "Manage optional features" option. Click on it to add the XPS Viewer as the new feature.

app and features windows

Click on the "+" icon to add a feature and select "XPS Viewer" from the list of features.

manage windows features

After downloading and installing the XPS Viewer, you can type its name in the Start Search Box to find it and launch it. 

Step 3. Once you start the program, you can click on "File" > "Open" and choose the .oxps file you want to convert and open it.

Step 4. When the file is opened, click on "File" again and select "Print". Choose "Microsoft Print to PDF" as the printer and tap on the "Print" button to start the conversion. Then, you will turn the OXPS file into a PDF and save it to your device.

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How to Convert OXPS to PDF Online

If you think the steps to convert OXPS to PDF offline with the vendor-supplied software are cumbersome, it's also available to do the conversion with some online tools. One of the advantages of converting format with an online tool is that you don't waste time finding, downloading, and installing the program. Besides that, as the online tool can be used in an Internet browser, it doesn't take up extra storage space for your computer.

Many online converting websites offer you the tool to get the work done, such as Online2PDF. It provides you with some elementary editing tools while other converters only support changing the format. For instance, when you upload the .oxps file to its server, there is an option to rotate the pages of the document, and you can also select the page range, rearrange pages, and split the file with simple clicks.

online2pdf converter

Steps to Convert an OXPS Document into PDF Online:

Step 1. Open the website of the online tool.

Step 2. There will be a "Select files" button, and you can click on it to upload the OXPS file you want to convert. Or you can drag or drop to add the source file. The maximum file size of this online tool is 100 MB, and it supports batch conversion.

Step 3. There is a drop-down menu behind the "convert to", find "PDF file" from it, and select this format as the target format. 

Step 4. Click on the "Convert" button to start the conversion now.

Bonus Tip: How to Edit Converted PDF with Powerful PDF Editor

When the OXPS document is converted into PDF, it's not only more accessible for users, and it can even become more interactive and editable. After exporting the OXPS file from Microsoft WordPad, you can not import it to WordPad again to edit it since the file layout will be distorted, and all you will see are some unreadable codes. But you can easily edit a PDF file as there are a great number of excellent PDF editors on the market.

EaseUS PDF Editor is a great PDF editor for Windows, and this is also a rich-featured program designed for both pros and novices. Sometimes you may find missing information that needs to be added to the PDF, and this software offers you an editing mode to do the modification effortlessly. There are many elements that can be added to the PDF, including text, images, hyperlinks, and header & footer. It also helps you manage the PDF pages with ease, such as rotate, split, and crop a PDF.

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Steps to Edit a PDF with EaseUS PDF Editor:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS PDF Editor and click "Edit". Then, choose and import the PDF you want to edit from your computer.

EaseUS PDF Editor Main Interface

Step 2. There are many editing tools. You may choose to add text, image, link, watermark, set background, edit header & Footer, etc. Always remember to save the changes with the "Save" button.

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Step 3. When you made all the changes, click "File" > "Save as" to save it to your computer. You need to give the new PDF file a name and file location, and click "Save" in the next window to finish.

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Although most Windows users consider converting OXPS to PDF is a troublesome task, it turns out to be as easy as converting other universal formats to PDF. All you need to do is enable the XPS Viewer on your computer, open the OXPS file in it, and print it to PDF. Online tools are even more convenient to use, and this post also teaches how to use the online tools to do the conversion.

After converted to PDF, you can edit the file effortlessly as there are enough PDF editors, including EaseUS PDF Editor. This PDF editing software helps you manage, edit, and protect the PDFs without hassle.

About the Author

author Melissa Lee

Melissa Lee

Melissa is a sophisticated editor for EaseUS in tech blog writing. She is proficient in writing articles related to screen recording, video editing, and PDF file converting.

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