Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Possible Duplicate:
Diff software for Word files

I've a 2 ms word file and both has almost same content? I just want to see any changes between documents in content. if is there any.

can anyone tell me a simple way?

share|improve this question

marked as duplicate by random, BinaryMisfit Dec 24 '09 at 22:13

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

Tutorial: Comparing Two Versions of a Word Document

share|improve this answer
Nice tutorial. I updated my answer with the -xw options for catdoc from the tutorial. – ℝaphink Dec 24 '09 at 11:59

From How to Compare Word Documents Side by Side :

  1. In Word, open the two documents you want to compare.
  2. Choose Window.
  3. Click "Compare Side by Side With" (it will also list the name of the second document, or simply say "Document2"). If you have more than two documents open, a dialog box will open allowing you to choose your second document.
  4. You will see a "Compare Side by Side" toolbar. The "Synchronous Scrolling" will allow you to scroll through both documents at the same time.
  5. If you want your documents to reset to their original positions, click the "Reset Window Position" button.
  6. When you are finished comparing your documents, click "Close Side by Side".

Image for Word 2003:


share|improve this answer

I can tell you on Unix/Linux/MacOSX (or using cygwin), using catdoc:

diff -u <(catdoc -xw /path/to/doc1.doc) <(catdoc -xw /path/to/doc2.doc)

It won't give you the formatting diff, just the text and spaces.

share|improve this answer

The simple way is open both the files you want to compare.

Right click on the task bar menu.In that select Tile Windows Horizontally or Tile Windows Vertically as you wish.Both the documents will be compared horizontally or vertically.

share|improve this answer

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.