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In Visual Studio 2010 you can compare a local file with the latest version/workspace version. This opens up a diff viewer showing the two versions of the file side by side with the lines that are changed or added highlighted.

Is there a way to improve this diff viewer to show (with e.g. a darker background color) which part of the line exactly was changed (like for example on github).

This would be especially useful if for example a typo was corrected in a long line of text. Now I have to squint for a long time at the two lines before I spot the difference, just having the letter that was changed highlighted would help me tremendously.

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You can use WinMerge. Just a suggestion. –  Alvin Wong Apr 18 '13 at 11:20
@AlvinWong Thanks, I didn't know you could do that, exactly what I was looking for! This link gives step-by-step instructions. Add your comment as an answer and I'll accept it. –  BioGeek Apr 18 '13 at 12:12
You could extend this behavior through an Visual Studio extension. –  Ramhound Apr 18 '13 at 12:16

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