Compare and merge 2 Word Documents (.doc, .docx) and find differences

Microsoft word

DOC is a document file format used by Microsoft Word, also used with most word processing software, including OpenOffice. DOC stands for DOCument file. A DOC file can contain formatted text, images, tables, graphs, charts, page formatting, and print settings. With each version of Microsoft Word, the standards for the DOC format change slightly which can cause some compatibility issues.

Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) type:

  • application/msword [official],
  • application/doc,
  • appl/text,
  • application/vnd.msword,
  • application/vnd.ms-word,
  • application/winword,
  • application/word,
  • application/x-msw6,
  • application/x-msword

Comparing the two documents for finding the differences is a tedious process, but you can able to check and find the difference between 2 word documents easily by following this tutorial:

Step 1: Prepare / Have two documents which you are going to compare.

Step 2: Goto ‘Review‘ –> ‘Compare‘ –> here, you will see 2 options and select ‘Compare

Step 3: Now, Compare Documents window will be appear on the screen and select the path to both the documents and press ‘OK’.

Step 4: Microsoft office application will take a couple of seconds to finish this process based on your document size and the difference between the documents alongside with the original documents will be shown in small panes. The difference will be marked as strikes of lines, in the middle pane.

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