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Thursday, April 19, 2007
  Tutorial: Creating XPS files on Windows XP

Problem Description

How do I create an XPS file on Windows XP?

Solution

There are two ways to create an XPS file on Windows XP:

  1. via Microsoft Office 2007
  2. by printing to the Microsoft XPS Document Writer

A separate tutorial entry is in preparation for the first (via Office 2007), we'll concentrate on
the latter: generate an XPS file via the 'Microsoft XPS Document Writer' - MXDW for short.

Microsoft XPS Document Writer (MXDW) for Windows XP

The MXDW is available to all Windows XP applications as a printer. This means that it is possible to
create an XPS file from virtually any application by printing to the MXDW printer.
On Windows XP the MXDW printer driver is not available by default, you need to download and install
either the .NET Framework 3.0 or Microsoft XPS Essentials Pack (and Microsoft Core XML Services).
More information about this, and installation instructions can be found on Microsoft' website on the address:
http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/xps/viewxps.mspx.


Printing to the MXDW printer

As an example we print a web-page from the Firefox browser to XPS.


This is the print dialog in Firefox when the MXDW is correctly installed. Note that the Microsoft XPS Document Writer can be selected as 'printer', by doing so you'll create an XPS file with the contents you want to print.


The moment you give the command to print, a file dialog will pop-up asking you for a location to save the XPS file.
Save the file to a location of your choosing... done!

More information and tutorials here

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