Surely on more than one occasion you have made a copy of a text document and at a certain moment you have found yourself with 2 identical or similar files. If it is a job for the university or an important document, we may have doubts whether both documents contain the same information or if both documents are strictly identical.
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In general, the user must open the two documents and manually compare if both are the same or if, on the contrary, they present differences. The problem with this manual check is that it is quite easy to make mistakes, since at any time we can skip an error or spelling difference.
Precisely to facilitate the comparison of text documents, Google has just added an interesting feature that will make things easier when we work with more than one document. This new tool will allow users to compare two documents and even see the differences between two documents.
This new feature will also be well received by teachers and the education sector in general since they will be able to know if a document has been copied, plagiarized or inspired by another. This new function is available in Google Docs, so to use this function you will need internet access.
That said, below we want to show you in detail how to compare text documents using Google Docs:
How to visualize the difference between two documents from Google Docs
– The first thing to do is go to your Google Drive account. Inside your unit you must have the documents to be compared saved.
– Now you will have to open one of the documents within the Google Docs tool.
– When the document opens within Google Docs, you must click on the Tool section.
– This will open a menu in which you will have to select the option: Compare Documents.
– When you click on this option, a new window will open in which you must select the document from your Google Drive that you want to compare with the text document already open in Google Docs.
– Once you have selected it, you will have to click on the Open button, located in the lower left corner of the window.
– Below where it says “Select compare document”, you will now see the name of the newly selected file. If everything is correct, you will only have to click on the button Compare.
– When the comparison is ready, Google Docs will show you a message informing you. Click the Open button, and the next document you’ll see will be one with all the suggested edits that can be seen as featured changes between the two indicated documents.
– In the right panel you will see the name of the person who made the changes, what changes were made and at what time. The new feature will even tell you what text was replaced and what it was replaced with.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The feature is gradually being rolled out to all Google Drive accounts. So if you still don’t see this option, you will only have to wait a few days until it is available.
The feature should be available to all users in the next few days. If you previously used an extension or program, it will no longer be necessary, since now it will not be necessary thanks to this new function integrated by default within Google Docs.
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