Compare two Word documents – MAC

Today I have been working on a document using dropbox.  I now have a conflicted copy saved by my colleague and I wanted to know how to compare the differences.  Now the long way is to do a stare and compare, however I knew that the Windows version of Word offered a compare facility.  I started looking at the options in Mac Word.  The following steps are how to compare two documents using Microsoft Word 2010 for Mac

  1. Open both the documents you want to compare
  2. Select Tools
  3. Goto Track Changes
  4. Select Compare Documents…
  5. You are prompted with a window where you can select the two documents to compare
  6. Click Ok

The documents will be compared and merged into a new document.  Really easy.

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3 Responses to Compare two Word documents – MAC

  1. Papou Joli November 24, 2014 at 5:05 pm #

    Hello David, you cannot imagine how helpful your post has been to me. Millions of thanks! I have been looking for this option on Mac, only God knows since when.

  2. Linda Levitan January 14, 2015 at 4:50 pm #

    I’ve been using the “Compare Documents” function for several years. Very useful indeed! I have one problem. When I check either the “Accept” or “Reject” choices, I get a “wristwatch” icon (as when a document or application is loading), and I can’t get rid of it as long as I’m using the program. It just stays there. After using “Compare Documents,” I have to quit and relaunch the Word application. Our tech guy tells me that it’s caused by a bug. Do you know how to prevent this from happening? Or a command that can delete the wristwatch?

  3. Alan Reynolds November 25, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

    Many thanks for this information, David.

    Just what I hoped to find (after seeing several sources on Internet saying this could not be done on Microsoft Word for Mac). Works a treat.

    Best regards,


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