Compare function in Word XP
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Albertina Avdic  Identity Verified
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Jul 20, 2007

I worked on two different versions of the documents in two different folders and then wanted to compare the two versions (in Word), but this version of Word (XP) no longer appears to have the compare function.

It is listed on the Tools menu, but when I select it, it only offers merge, not compare.
Should I switch to another version,? Which one to choose. Word 2007 looks horrible. Word 2003 perhaps.

Any thoughts?

Thank you in advance.


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Natalie  Identity Verified
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'Merge' is exactly what you need Jul 20, 2007

You will be asked if you would like to see the changes in a new file or in one of the opened files (i.e. the files you are comparing). I personally always prefer doing this in a new file (this way both initial files are left intact).

[Edited at 2007-07-20 08:44]


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Ken Cox  Identity Verified
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beware... Jul 20, 2007

Unless MS has suddenly had a change of heart and seriously revised the document comparison function for the XP version of Word, it has major problems with documents containing graphics or tables and more or less serious difficulties with large or highly formatted documents.

You certainly shouldn't regard the results of Word document comparison as accurate without carefully checking a few samples manually.


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Nothing to beware Jul 20, 2007

This function works as a charm in both XP and 2003 versions.

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Albertina Avdic  Identity Verified
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I'll try Jul 20, 2007

Natalie - thank you for your help. I did try to 'merge' function after 'compare' did not work. The formatting (quite a few images, text boxes and a table) got all messed up, so I still think that there is a problem and do not know how to fix it. When using this function on a very large documents with a lot of graphics (like manuals) it can be annoying. Ken is correct about that.

Ken - I certainly do not consider the results of Word document comparison as accurate. This is just a "general check" for me and after that manual checking!


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