How to Compare Two Documents in Google Docs?

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The blog post explains how to compare two documents in Google Docs. Educators and business users can now easily compare the two separate files. Google Doc has this dedicated ‘Compare documents‘ tool. Several users can edit the file without worrying about losing the changes in the document.

To start the comparison, you need to pick a first doc file and choose another file that you want to compare. This will create a new file with the suggested highlights.

The user with whom you share the file can see the differences between two files. Users can also check the replacement of the text content, line spacing, text color, and font size to be aware of what all changes have been made in the output.

Also check out the free autocorrection tool for Google Docs.

see the differences between two separate files

Compare Two Documents in Google Docs

To compare two different documents, you are not required to install any add-ons. All you just need to see differences in documents within Google Docs. Let’s know how to do that.

Step 1: Open a Doc file in Google Docs.

Steps 2: See in the menu section and click Tools.

get the comparison tool in the menu section

Step 3: Click the Compare documents which is a new feature in Google Docs.

choose other file to compare

Step 4: Select the document which you want to compare with. At this point, you get the following options:

  • Opt a Doc file from your Google Drive account and Open it.
  • In the “Attribution differences to“, mention the name of the user who is going to get the suggested edits in the comparison file.
  • You can also include comments on the documents if you check the box.
  • Hit the Compare button.

Step 5: Once the Doc file is compared, you can see the differences in the output. It highlights the comparisons shown in the very first image. The user who you shared your file with, can see the differences of the original document and the suggested edits.

accept the suggested edits or drop the comment

The user can also drop the comment in order to reply. By ticking up the comparison, you can accept the suggestions whether it’s about line spacing, text color, font size, etc. Eventually, you will come up with the sorted file after comparing two documents.

In brief

The new feature of Google Doc is quite beneficial for students and business users. The Doc owner can now easily compare two doc files to find out the differences with the highlights. It is a good option to see the changes over time in the Doc file.

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