compareDocs Product Manager, Bilal Karaali, explains how to save time by comparing only the text you need to – and nothing more – in compareDocs.
You won’t always need to compare an entire document for changes. Sometimes, it’s a paragraph, clause, or table that will have changed between versions. Save time and get straight to the point with compareDocs using the ‘Compare Selected Text’ and ‘Compare from Clipboard’ workflows. Below I explain these workflows in more detail.
How to use Compare Selected Text
The workflow is simple – once a section of text has been selected, click the new Compare Selected Text icon in the DocsCorp compareDocs ribbon in Word. Compare Selected Text can also be selected by right-clicking text and choosing Compare Selected Text from the drop-down menu.
The Compare Selected Text option in the compareDocs ribbon (left) and the right-click dropdown menu (right).
The Compare Selected Text option sends a Word document – named ‘Selected Text (<Document name>.docx)’ – containing only the selected text to compareDocs, ready to be compared with another Original or Modified document. Once the document is loaded in compareDocs, the first 150 characters of the selected text display in the information icon pop-up.
The first 150 characters of the selected text displays when the user hovers over the information icon.
How to compare Clipboard Text
The Clipboard option creates a Word document containing only the text copied to the clipboard. The clipboard text can be copied from any source including web pages, Microsoft Office files and emails. Simply copy the text, open compareDocs and select Open > Clipboard.
Copy text to be compared from any source and compareDocs will automatically create a Word document with it, ready to be compared.
Alternatively, users can paste their clipboard text directly in the Original/Modified fields in compareDocs (without selecting the Clipboard option) and a Clipboard text.docx document will automatically be created.
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About the author
Bilal Karaali, Senior Product Manager at DocsCorp, helps manage the team of developers working on our document comparison solution compareDocs.