As Open Office is the single most robust alternative to Microsoft Office, millions of people have used it for their productivity needs. Open Office offers their users with word processing software, spreadsheet software and database software. One of the best parts about using Open Office is that it is completely free to use and it is compatible with most other word processing software applications. A common issue many people have is figuring out how to convert a WPS file to Open Office (aka open the file in Open Office). The WPS file format is used by the Microsoft Works software, which is another word processing system. Since Open Office is somewhat compatible, it will open files from other known application systems.
Steps to Open WPS Files in Open Office Writer
Begin by opening Open Office on your computer. At the top menu, click File and select Open. A browser dialog will appear asking you to select the file you want to open. The default file type will not allow you to open WPS files.
On the box next to Files of Type, you need to select All Files or WPS 2000. This file name will be identified by the .WPS format extension. Now, in the open white space you will see a bunch of files including WPS files. Choose the file you want to open and click Open.
Steps to Convert WPS to ODF Format
In some cases, you may want to convert WPS files to Open Office files. This could easily be done if you have Open Office on your computer. To begin, you will need to open the WPS file on Open Office by following the steps we outlined above. In the event that the file is corrupted, you will need to open it back on the system you created it on.
Once you have opened the file in Open Office, go to the File menu at the top and select Save As. Remember to not select Save as this will save it back to the original file format. When you click Save As, you will be shown a mini window asking you to rename the file. In this open, you need to go to the drop down menu of files and choose the file format you want to save as.
Now you will have two files on the computer with the same context. You will have the original WPS file as well as the Open Office file. According to your needs, you can choose to delete the original file or delete it. As a rule of thumb, you should try to save your files frequently, as anything could happen to the power. When the WPS file is changed to another file format, you should remember that any formatting you may have done will be gone.