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About Microsoft XPS Document Writer

The Microsoft XPS Document Writer (MXDW) is a print-to-file driver that enables any application to create XML Paper Specification (XPS) Document files on versions of Windows staring with Windows XP SP2. For more information on XPS, see XML Paper Specification (XPS) Document and XPS Specification and License Downloads.


MXDW is installed automatically when the operating system is installed.

Windows XP SP2 and Windows Server 2003 : Download and install either .Net Framework 3.0 or the XPS Essential Pack from Microsoft.

How to Use

When installed, this print driver appears as an available print queue through the Print command in an application. When MXDW is used as the "printer", the driver will prompt the user for an output file name and create an XPS Document that captures the print output of the application.

The following image shows MXDW being selected as the "printer" in the Windows Vista common print dialog.


Selecting MXDW in Windows Vista

Selecting MXDW in Windows Vista


Application developers can customize the output of MXDW using the MXDW configuration settings.

See Also

XML Paper Specification (XPS) Document

XPS Specification and License Downloads

isXPS Conformance Tool

MXDW configuration settings



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