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Comparing Two Versions of a Document
Comparing Two Versions of a Document
Ideally, when you use Compare, the original and the revised document won’t both contain
tracked changes. If either document contains tracked changes, Word treats the documents
as though the changes have been accepted and doesn’t display them in the comparison
document. Additionally, all revisions in the comparison document are attributed to a single
author, and you can see what changes have been made to the original document
regardless of whether track changes were turned on when modifications were being made. The
changes made in the revised document are shown in the original as tracked changes. To
compare two versions of one document and view the differences, follow these steps:
1. On the Review tab, click Compare. Then from the list, click Compare.
The Compare Documents dialog box opens.
In the Original Document area, click the Folder icon to navigate to and select the
original document, or select the document from the drop-down list.
2.
In the Revised Document area, click the Folder icon to navigate to and select the
revised document, or select the document from the drop-down list.
3.
4. Click More to show the Compare Documents options. Verify that New Document is
selected in the Show Changes In area (you can also choose to show changes in the
original or revised document), as shown in Figure 22-9.
Figure 22-9 Use the Compare Documents dialog box to choose two documents to
compare—an original and a revised version.
5. Click OK. The original and revised documents remain unaltered and a new Compared
Document is created and shown automatically.
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