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Word 2007 enhances the Compare And Merge Documents feature
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Professional, high-quality documents take a good deal of editing — often from more than one colleague. But when you get two copies of the same document with changes from different users, coming up with a final product can turn into a nightmare. Word 2007 comes to the rescue with an enhanced version of the old Compare And Merge Documents feature. Not only can you compare and combine documents, but you can also view the original documents along with the combined document and a revisions list — all at once.
 
To compare and combine two documents into a polished final version, we’ll:

• Review the old-school Compare And Merge Documents feature and discuss its limitations.
• Compare two versions of the same document without combining them.
• Combine two edited versions of a document so that both users’ changes display in one master document.
• Use the Reviewing pane to make sure we resolve all users’ revisions.
When you’re working with a team, you value everyone’s input. But trying to consolidate two versions of the same document often means overlooked changes or a final document riddled with mistakes. The Compare And Merge Documents feature from Word 2003 and earlier lets you combine two versions of the same document into one file, marking each user’s changes just as if they’d used the Track Changes feature. But you can’t view the original documents simultaneously, and with so many changes you might leave some edits unresolved. Let’s look at how Word 2007 improves on the previous Compare And Merge Documents feature.
Related article
To learn more about the Compare And Merge Documents feature from Word 2003 and earlier, check out the June 2007 article titled “Skip the routing process and cut your editing time in half.” Subscribers can read the full article online at www.elijournals.com/premier/showArticle.asp?aid=24951.

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