There is a wonderful feature in Word 2010 that allows you to combine or merge documents into one single document.
I don’t know about you, but when I am working on two very long documents, sometimes it just makes sense to combine them into one document. Now you know as well as I do, that it can be very tedious to do this manually, but that is where this wonderful feature comes into play. The feature is called Combine and it allows you to combine your documents with but a few clicks! You know how I love that! And not only that, but all minor and major changes are highlighted to make it easier for you to find out which changes have been made in the revised document!! How cool is that???
Follow the steps below to learn how to use this feature:
- Open the Word document that you would like to combine with another document.
- On the Review tab of your Ribbon, in the Compare group, click the drop-down arrow under Compare and click Combine, which will display the Combine Documents dialog box.
You will note that the Combine dialog window consists of two panes.
- On the left-hand side, you will select the original or first version of your document and from the right-hand side you will select your revised document.
- When you are finished, click the More button at the bottom left-hand side of your dialog box, which will expand the window showing you advanced options available to you:
- Range from Moves;
- Formatting to Text boxes; and more.
Under Show Changes, there are two categories, which are Show changes at and Show Changes in.
Make certain you look at all of these and make your selection regarding your particular needs.
When finished making your selections, click OK to combine your documents, which will open a new document where it divides your window into four panes. The left pane will show your primary document changes, the center pane shows combined document, where new content is marked in red. In the right-hand pane both versions of your document are opened to show you what has been combined in both documents.