Google has made easier for you to compare two documents in Google Docs. The online document editing tool now has a feature to allow you instantly compare to documents to figure out the differences between then. This feature is pretty useful if you often make a copy of an existing document and edit one of them. It is also great if you are a teacher or lecturer as you can effortlessly check out if a student’s paper is inspired by another.
The new feature to compare two documents is rolled out gradually to Google Docs users. To figure out if this feature has been available on your Google Docs you can go to the Tools menu. You will see a new item called Compare documents if it has been available.
One thing. This new feature doesn’t work on both DOCX and RTF formats (at least at the time of writing). You can only use this feature to compare documents in the native Google Docs format and ODT format (OpenDocument Text).
How to compare two documents in Google Docs
After ensuring that this new feature has been available on your Google Docs, open the document you want to compare with another document. Once open, go to Tools -> Compare documents. A pop-up dialog will appear, asking you to select a document you want to compare with.
The Compare button will active after you have selected the document you want to compare with. Click this button to start comparing.
Wait a moment until Google Docs is done comparing your documents and click the Open button once it is done. You will be taken to a new tab to see the comparison results. The different parts are marked with red font. You can also see the different parts on the right-side panel.
The availability of the document comparison feature on Google Docs is pretty useful. Not just for teachers to find out student cheats. This feature is also useful for app developers who often create documentation pages using Google Docs. With this feature, you can easily figure out the difference between your documentation versions without installing a third-party plugin.