It is often helpful to compare one version of a document to another to see what has changed. To compare two documents in Word, follow these four steps.
This feature works the same in all modern versions of Microsoft Word: 2010, 2013, and 2016.
- From within any Microsoft Word document (it does not have to be one of the ones you are comparing, but it can be), click on the Review tab and then click the Compare command.
- Select Compare.
- In the Compare Documents dialog box, do the following.
- Choose the original and revised documents you wish to compare.
- In the Label unmarked changes with boxes, Word will suggest who to attribute changes to. You can edit this if you want.
- Under Comparison settings, deselect anything you do not wish to check. By default, Word checks for all types of changes. If necessary, click the More>> button to display the Comparison settings.
- In the Show changes section, you can choose to show changes in the original document, the revised document or in a new document. The default selection is a new document.
- Click OK to compare the documents. Differences will show up as tracked changes. The image below shows what they might look like.