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Viewing Two Documents Side by Side

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When you share a document with another person, you usually turn on revision marks, so that you can see the changes the other person makes. Unfortunately, it often happens that the other person accidentally turns off revision marks before or in the middle of editing so that you can no longer easily see the changes he made. In the past, this meant opening the two versions and then switching from one window to another or trying to arrange the documents, so that you could see both at once.

Word 2007 helps you avoid this extra work by offering a new View Side By Side feature, which arranges the document windows so that you can easily compare the two files. Here's how it works:

  1. Open the two documents you want to compare and make one of them the active document.
  2. Choose View, View Side By Side. Word displays the Compare Side By Side dialog box.
  3. Click the other document you want to use and then click OK. Word arranges the two windows side by side, as shown in Figure 3.9.
    Figure 3.9

    Figure 3.9 Activate the View Side By Side command to compare two documents side by side.

  4. When you're done, choose View, Window, Compare Side By Side.
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