Quickly View Comparison Between Two Documents [Word 2010]

Word 2010 includes an intuitive way of comparing two documents, though synchronous scrolling option is always present to view two documents side-by-side with synced scrolling. The build-in Compare feature offers you in-depth analysis of two documents which are being compared.

To compare documents, head over to Review tab and under Compare options, click Compare.


This will bring up Compare Documents dialog, Specify original & Revised documents. For configuring more comparing settings, click More and enable appropriate options. Once settings are configured, click OK to let is compare two documents, it will provide a long range of options along to take a through look at the content.

Compare feature has a very straight-forward usage, you can pick two versions of documents and compare them up to analyze the differences.

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  • thwap

    thanks, this helped me.

  • PaulC

    Stumbled across the feature recently – love it.. only problem is when I used it last I closed some of the panes down individually and now “Compare” won’t display as shown in your 2nd screen grab. :( Can’t get the before and after panels showing on the right anymore Anyway to restore the default? (Hope I’m missing something stupid!)

    • bj

      In the Review tab — Compare section dropdown arrow — click show source documents

    • CDF

      I just had the same problem. The documents were contracts and the text was locked/not selectable, so the compare option was disabled. I was able to view the documents side by side but I could not use the compare feature to see the specific differences in the two contracts…