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WinMerge is an Open Source differencing and merging tool for Windows

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Ignoring file dates when comparing photos

I want to compare two folders with jpeg files to see which photos are missing from one of the compare folders. Many of the files in each folder have identical contents but WinMerge treats them as ...
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comparison of two folders containing the same filenames with different extensions

I have many catalogs where one folder contains photos in .jpg format and the second folder having same filenames in .dng format. There are some missing files between these two folders. My objective is ...
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How to make winmerge show only missing lines between two files?

How would I only show 'missing lines' between two files? I am trying to do a file system directory comparison (a directory list) - and in the 2nd file system there are time/date stamp differences ...
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How should I best extract "all unique data" from six 45 GB .7z files?

I have just gone through the exhausting process of loading all my "gold backup" storage devices into my computer and, gradually, 7-zipped them and deleted the actual directory trees which ...
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WinMerge : filter some file extension only for existence, not for difference in content

I'm using WinMerge to compare folders with subfolders and different file types. There are basically png files, script files named .x and their compiled versions named .xc . I already have a filter ...
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Is there a way to tell the WinMerge to exclude date/time comparison?

I have several log files with content like this: 2022-03-13 21:16:46.367972: I This is a test1 Is there a way to tell the WinMerge to exclude date/time comparison without removing a timestamp with a ...
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Winmerge & Excel csv

I'm using TortoiseGit and I have a program that generates a csv file. Basically when generating the same csv file again it will overwrite the old one. But when doing this, winmerge will show me that ...
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Winmerge doesn't work as expected [closed]

When I write a source code with linux and windows and compare it with winmerge, winmerge shows that the files have changed, although nothing has changed. See picture in the attachment below right (win ...
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How to configure WinMerge to treat lines as single differences?

I'm using WinMerge and fighting with it's desire to treat groups of line differences as a single difference block. For my needs this behavior makes it difficult to merge, I want to go one line at a ...
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How to apply color scheme to Winmerge under Wine?

I'm running Winmerge (called by Treecomp!) under Wine in Red Hat 7.9 Unfortunately the configuration dialog doesn't show the color schemes that ship with Winmerge, even if they're explicitly imported. ...
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Why Winmerge 2.16.10.0 is using arrow keys as if the Alt key is pressed?

I'm used to using the shortcuts Alt+DownArrow and Alt+UpArrow to navigate the differences. Now pressing just the arrow keys causes Winmerge jump to the next difference! Also, same behavior with Alt+...
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Why is WinMerge Tree View mode disabled?

I am using WinMerge for years as my preferred diff tool. Yesterday I updated my installation from v2.16.4.0 to v2.16.10.0 and now the Tree View mode option in the View menu is disabled (greyed out). ...
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I'm having trouble merging changes in Visual Studio; it keeps erasing my files

I'm trying to merge two git branches in Visual Studio. I have some files that say "added in both", and when I open them I get WinMerge popping up because that's what I have configured for ...
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Why is WinMerge hiding most of my file, even after I copy all the changes over from one side or the other?

It's really confusing - why are only lines 134-148 visible? Is there some option I accidentally enabled that hides code that has not changed? I tried to update to the latest version (2.16.8.0) but the ...
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Can WinMerge be used as a plain text diff tool, without needing to compare existing files?

I want to use WinMerge as a plain text diff tool, without needing to compare existing files. That is, I'd like to just click ctrl+n, paste two plain texts onto both sides, hit f4 and find differences. ...
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WinMerge Binary Difference

So I'm trying to manually RAID all of my important data obtained through life, and have just discovered the joys of WinMerge to compare & identify differences between files & directories. ...
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How do I setup WinMerge to show compare on an explorer context menu?

I'm using WinMerge version 2.16.6.0. I want to setup a Compare option in File Explorer context menu. I have done this before but had to re-install my system and now can't remember how I did it. ...
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Re-enable the selected files are identical" message in winmerge

When two identical files are compared in winmerge the message "the selected files are identical" has a check box "don't display this message again". Is there away to reset this setting back once it ...
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How to handle large (2GB<) files in WinMerge

If I try to compare two files that are larger than 2GB in WinMerge, I get an error: Cannot open file UniMemFile cannot handle files over 2 gigabytes. As far as I know this is related to the fact that ...
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How do I reload files in WinMerge after making changes?

I have two files named file1.txt and file2.txt. After using WinMerge to compare both files, I use Notepad++ to edit file2.txt and save my changes. These new changes don't appear in WinMerge unless I ...
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How to use Winmerge for archive compare

I need to compare jar files (i.e. zip files) with java files in it. My WinMerge v. 2.14.0.0 Unicode refuses to work with my 7-zip v. 16.04 [64 bit]. The official guide did not help. Is there any exact ...
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Wine - Make WinMerge treat different case files and folders names as distinct files and folders

Is it possible to make WinMerge treat different case (case-sensitive) files and folders names as distinct files and folders? NOTE I: I am running "WinMerge" over "Wine" (Linux). NOTE II: As we know ...
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WinMerge says two files are identical when doing a diff on the directory, but comparing the files shows differences

I have two folders on my desktop, PreChanges and PostChanges. PostChanges contains a few more files than PreChanges, but otherwise everything in one appears in the other. If I use WinMerge to ...
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How to filter Recycle Bin out of WinMerge compare?

In windows 10, I would like to exclude Recycle Bin files from WinMerge compare on different harddrives (the harddrives may be add or remove from the computer so ideally drive letter should be any.) ...
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How to show the exact difference of words in WinMerge?

Can I setup WinMerge so that it shows me the exact difference of single words? Up to now the whole word/phrase is highlighted, even if only one character is different (see picture for an example). ...
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How to set WinMerge default zoom level?

In WinMerge, it's possible to adjust the zoom level - but restarting WinMerge resets the zoom back default. Is it possible to change the default zoom level?
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Why doen't WinMerge refresh seleced folder compare?

I am using WinMerge (v 2.14) extensively to compare Git repositories. The code tree is comprised of multiple folders with subfolders and dozens of source files. When I make changes to a file or a ...
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WinMerge - disable comparison

Is there a way I can remove the orange comparison between 2 side-by-side (untitled) files such that they are both just regular black-and-white text? Basically, sometimes I paste 2 blobs of text in ...
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Why doesn't WinMerge filter .git folders although the FileFilter is in effect?

When comparing git repo clones, I am annoyed by the appearance of the .git folder and its contents in the directory compare tab. In the Tools -> Filters... dialog, I have the Exclude Source Control ...
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Compare two directories recursively, except for \bin\ and \obj\

I'm trying to use WinMerge to compare two directories: C:\Users...\Desktop\Compare\35_A C:\Users...\Desktop\Compare\35_HS ## This is a directory/file filter for WinMerge ## This filter lets ...
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Opening a "Unicode little endian without BOM" file from the command line with WinMerge?

I have a pair of "Unicode little endian without BOM" text files that I would like to diff each another via the command line. Unfortunately when I open them using the commandline in Winmerge they come ...
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How to view only the differences in WinMerge

I have two text documents with 1000 lines each and there are (let's say) 50 lines that are highlighted as different. Is there a way to view/extract only those lines that differ, either with a filter ...
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WinMerge add diff. instead of overwrite

When using WinMerge I press Alt + Left to overwrite the different code on the left with the code on the right. Is there any way likewise to add the diff. code on the right either above or below the ...
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WinMerge: How to exclude *.bak and *.tmp files?

How do I include all files and exclude *.bak and *.tmp files in WinMerge compare dialog window? =========== WinMerge Dialog Window =========== Left: [Folder-A] [ OK ] Right: [Folder-B] ...
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Winmerge identical file names with different extension

Can Winmerge be used to compare two folders that have the same files, but different extensions? I converted all my music from FLAC to ALAC, so I have two folders: E:\Data\flac\Albums\Tool\1993-...
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WinMerge & Encoding

I have a problem with WinMerge (or more specific: WinMergeU). I have several php files that have the same content up to the chosen encoding. How can I tell WinMerge to ignore the encoding? If this is ...
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How to use winmerge line filter?

There are a lot of difference which I am not interested. For example, consider the following case: LEFT : XXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXX RIGHT: XXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXX OPTIOINAL XYZ I want to ignore this pattern of ...
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Free WinMerge alternative with more clear line comparison [closed]

I use WinMerge to compare text files, usually alogn with TortoiseSVN. It is pretty good. The only thing which is inconvenient for me is very rough line comparison. For instance, if I have two long ...
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How can I compare the contents of .pdf files, excluding filenames from comparison?

I usually use WinMerge to view the differences between files, but in this case it doesn't help. The files I'm comparing are known to have different filenames, which is creating false positives when 2 ...
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Get recursive list of different files in Winmerge (without folder tree/structure)

I prefer Winmerge to Diffmerge, but the one thing I envy is Diffmerge's folder diff feature. Diffmerge shows, for complicated folders and subfolders, only different files (not folders). Winmerge ...
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Empty folders in WinMerge compare?

Is there any way to filter these via the command line so they don't show up. The only thing I've found is that you can hide an item one by one but that's impractical with many folders. There's nothing ...
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Looking for utility to look for identical blocks text within a *single* document

I want to look for duplicate blocks of text within the same document. Tools like WinMerge and Beyond Compare don't seem to do this. Does anyone know of a utility that can do this?
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Can I use WinMerge to compare *.class files?

I used to work with BeyondCompare and it was able to compare *.class files by configuring it to run a decompiler before comparison. Is there something like that for WinMerge? Or a plug-in that can do ...
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How to change WinMerge font size?

How can I change WinMerge font size and perhaps the font type? Is it possible?
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Winmerge not in the context menu of everything tool

I use this tool everything to search files. In windows xp, I was able to search files and then use context menu for winmerge, tortoisesvn etc. Now I have started using windows 7, everything works fine ...
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Can I replace internal diff in Total Commander with a custom tool?

Since I don't really like Total Commander's internal diff Compare Contents used in Compare by content and Synchronize Dirs → Compare left & right, I want to use something else like WinMerge or ...
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How to use WinMerge Excel plugin?

I know this works, because of this question - https://superuser.com/questions/18626/how-do-i-compare-two-excel-documents I have installed Newest WinMerge and http://freemind.s57.xrea.com/...
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Can I compare only file contents?

I want to compare two folders, each having about 5-6 thousands files and folders. Among these probably 0.1% would be actually different but WinMerge first shows all files saying "text files are ...
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Alternative to WinMerge in windows [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: What is a good text comparison tool for Windows? What program to use to compare big files under Windows? Anyone know any good ones? I'm looking for a particuar one, but I ...
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How to Use WinMerge as the Diff tool for Mercurial

I'm using the Mercurial distributed version control system, and I'm wondering how I can configure it to use WinMerge instead of its own internal diff tool. I've already got WinMerge as the merge tool,...
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