Office Tip: Merging two Word documents

My project group were working on a concept document, which was saved in a Dropbox shared folder. Unfortunately, more than one of us were making changes simultaneously, and we ended up with two slightly different copies of the file: filename.docx, and filename (Joey Foo’s conflicted copy…).docx.

What the easiest way to merge the differences between two documents together? Answer: it’s built into Word itself.

On the ribbon, go into the Review tab, click Compare, then choose either Compare or Combine. I want to merge both documents into a single one, so I’ll choose the latter.

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In the window that opens, specify both the original document, and the revised document, then click okay.

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Word will open up a new window with the document for you to check through, along with both documents on the side for comparison.

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Check through the document, then save it to finish the process.

The Office suite is a very powerful set of tools: there are many more features and functions than what most people know of. If you need a function and don’t know if it exists, hit the F1 key on your keyboard to open Office’s help function, and do a search!