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Windows 7: Software recommendation: Compare two files and highlight similarities

10 Jan 2014   #1
hungry0ne

Win7 Ent x32
 
 
Software recommendation: Compare two files and highlight similarities

Hello!

Most comparison software available to compare two different files highlights the DIFFERENCES, but I only want to highlight SIMILARITIES.

I am looking for a FREEWARE (Windows) that highlights only the similarities between two Word documents. What I need is freeware that will highlight exactly the series of words or sentences which have been 'lifted' from another Word document.

Thank you!


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10 Jan 2014   #2
kathy025

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64 (OEM)
 
 

It appears Microsoft Office 2007+ can do this natively.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CharlesJBarry
Microsoft added a few neat features into Word 2007 that allows you to do this kind of thing.
The first lets you open two word documents and then view them side by side. When you scroll through one, it scrolls through the other too.
The second is actually a compare feature that compares two documents, and opens a third window that shows all of the changes. It's really a neat little tool. It also lets you merge two documents into one.
The "View Side by Side" button can be found in the Window group on the View tab.
The "Compare" button can be found in the Compare group on the Review tab.
Source: Microsoft Word Tip: How to compare two documents for differences (check comments)
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10 Jan 2014   #3
hungry0ne

Win7 Ent x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kathy025 View Post
It appears Microsoft Office 2007+ can do this natively.

Source: Microsoft Word Tip: How to compare two documents for differences (check comments)
Hi Kathy,

I have experimented with this at length, and it does not do what I need. Basically, it only shows differences. I need to highlight similarities.

Thank you!
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10 Jan 2014   #4
kathy025

Windows 7 Professional SP1 x64 (OEM)
 
 

Ah indeed, you needed similarities. Apologies for my oversight. I remember my professor saying he has a software that can detect plagiarism (not saying you have such a case), but that's what he used the software for. Obviously, he didn't tell us what the software was, so I'm personally unsure of its existence. ^_^;

Hope you find what you're looking for.
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12 Jan 2014   #5
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums hungryOne. See if anything suits your needs.

http://plagiarism.bloomfieldmedia.co...ware/wcopyfind

http://sourceforge.net/projects/same/

A Guy
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13 Jan 2014   #6
hungry0ne

Win7 Ent x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Welcome to Seven Forums hungryOne. See if anything suits your needs.

http://plagiarism.bloomfieldmedia.co...ware/wcopyfind

same | Free Development software downloads at SourceForge.net

A Guy
Thank you SO VERY MUCH!! The wcopyfind software works VERY good!!

Regards!
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13 Jan 2014   #7
hungry0ne

Win7 Ent x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kathy025 View Post
Ah indeed, you needed similarities. Apologies for my oversight. I remember my professor saying he has a software that can detect plagiarism (not saying you have such a case), but that's what he used the software for. Obviously, he didn't tell us what the software was, so I'm personally unsure of its existence. ^_^;

Hope you find what you're looking for.
Thanks again! Check the response from "A Guy" - the wcopyfind software is awesome!
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14 Jan 2014   #8
A Guy

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by hungry0ne View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Welcome to Seven Forums hungryOne. See if anything suits your needs.

http://plagiarism.bloomfieldmedia.co...ware/wcopyfind

same | Free Development software downloads at SourceForge.net

A Guy
Thank you SO VERY MUCH!! The wcopyfind software works VERY good!!

Regards!
Excellent! Glad you found something that suits you. My pleasure. A Guy
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3 Days Ago   #9
milna

Windows 7
 
 
I found a solution

Well i you are looking for an offline software then a lot of users recommended it to you. But if you want to compare documents for plagiarism online then i think this tool will help you.
Plagiarism Comparison: check similarity in two documents

Because you can also compare .doc with a .pdf file or with a plain text.
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