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I have made changes to one copy of a document. I also have a copy of the original file.
I would like to find out what I have changed.

Is there a way to get Word to tell me?

I am using Microsoft Word 2003, however, include answers for other versions, in order to make this question as useful as possible to the community.

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Is it essential to use Word to determine the difference? To track text changes, an easy and accurate method is to copy into and save as 2 .txt files. You can then use VisualDiff, WinMerge or a similar tool to quickly ID changes between those two text files. –  Dallas May 30 '13 at 5:04

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The way to do this in Word 2010 is:

  • Open the two documents you want to compare
  • On the Review Tab in the Compare group, select "Compare two versions of a document"
  • Fill in the blanks
  • The default result is that a third document is created which is the original document with the changes made and highlighted.
  • See Word help file under "Compare documents with the legal blackline option"
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Works in 2007 as well. –  Kruug Apr 22 '13 at 20:20

The way I found to do this in Word 2003 is:

  • Open the recent version
  • Turn on "Track Changes" by clicking on Tools / Track Changes
  • Go to Tools / Compare and Merge Documents...
  • Select the old version
  • A new window opens containing the old version with all changes added and highlighted
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