Tutorial on How to Compare Two Documents in Microsoft Word

Working with the documents in MS word and want to see the change that has been made in the earlier document version or just want to compare two documents for difference. Then there is no need to use any other external tool, MS Word offers this service offer in the Office. ‘Compare’ Feature in Microsoft Word (MS-Word) lets you find a resemblance between the two documents and see changes made to the original document. The feature can be used to relate edited copy with the original document and learn about the alterations made. There are online services also which for Text Comparison Search For Duplicate Content, you can also try them.

How to Compare Two Documents in Microsoft Word

I am using Office 2013 to show the entire process. The Comparison Feature is present in earlier versions of Office also and it may occur that you will find the place to use the Comparison feature in a different place than Office 2013.

1 Open MS – word and navigate to Review -> Compare Menu item


2 Select Original and Revised Document from the respected field and click ok to start comparing the documents. You can select the comparison settings as you like from given some check boxes such as

  • Moves
  • Comments
  • Formatting
  • Case changes
  • White Space
  • Tables
  • Headers and Footers
  • Footnotes and Endnotes
  • Text boxes
  • Fields


3 You can now see the comparison results, changes are shown in red text.


  1. set mixer December 6, 2013
  2. Divya February 26, 2016

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