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Microsoft have provided and excellent standards agreed format called XPS. Vista comes ready installed with an XPS viewer for XP you can download it. The issue is if your preferred browser is Firefox you will not be able to view XPS files.

The solution is simple:

  1. Download the IE tab addin for Firefox
  2. Install it
  3. Then the clever bit open options
  4. Set up a URL thus: /^file:\/\/\/.*\.(xps)$/
  5. Jobs a good ‘un.

Now if you click on and XPS file Firefox will open and IE tab and load it!!

Posted on Saturday, November 8, 2008 8:43 PM | Back to top


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Thanks so much for this tip!
Left by Mr Melby on Feb 14, 2009 7:36 AM

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Or, you can download the firefox XPS plug-in from www.pagemarktechnology.com

Cheers.
Left by Pagemark on Feb 20, 2009 2:48 AM

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Thanks, that was very helpful. I love when stuff just works :)
Left by Rai on Apr 15, 2009 10:41 AM

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An elegant solution! Thanks very much!
Left by Bulldog on Jun 01, 2009 5:32 PM

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I tried, but is all I get is a blank tab "UNTITLED". Nothing shows up. When I open the XPS file in EXPLORER it opens fine.
Left by Gord Youngson on Nov 04, 2009 4:12 AM

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I prefer to use the XPS Annotator, no funny business and the error message..
Left by Rony on Nov 09, 2009 1:13 PM

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A more simpler way is to open the IE tab in firefox, then drag and drop the xps file into the address bar... Ta da... it opens. :)
Left by $av on Dec 07, 2009 7:09 AM

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Thanks! Worked well on FF 3.6.8
Left by DownTheShore on Sep 11, 2010 1:35 AM

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but it is still using IE to read xps. I really want to read .xps files with firefox itself, because I want the addons to be available in .xps.
Left by AthensBird on Sep 12, 2010 5:00 PM

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Doesn't work anymore.
Left by JW on Sep 30, 2011 6:47 AM

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