This tutorial explains step by step how to compare two documents in Microsoft Word so that you can quickly review all of the differences between the two.
Microsoft Word is an excellent program to manage your documents. With Microsoft Word, not only can you create and edit documents, but you can even compare two documents for differences. For example, if you are a student and have two versions of the same essay, you can easily view and compare the two docs.
- Open Microsoft Word and create a new blank document. Select Review from the menu bar and then click the Compare button.
- Now select Compare… from the menu.
- The Compare Documents dialog box will open. Click the small folder icon on the right-side of the Original document field to select the first of the two documents you want to compare.
- Navigate to that document, select it and click the OK button.
- This time click the small folder icon on the right-side of the Revised document field.
- Select the document you want to compare to the document you chose in step #4 and then click the OK button.
- Enter a short name you’d like to appear next to the changes in the document in the Label changes with field and then click the More > > button.
- Place check marks in the boxes next to the data types that you want to compare and then click the OK button.
- This will open a window that displays the comparison results. It will have a series of columns and panes. The ones to focus on are Compared Document, Original Document and Revised Document.
- Use the Revisions panel to view all of the differences between the two documents.
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