This is such a wonderful feature, especially for businesses, lawyers, etc. I remember back in the day when I was a legal assistant we had to do what was then called a “read against.” That was when a document was created and then another document was created the same as the original but with changes. Two people had to sit next to each other and one would read the document aloud and when a change was spotted, the other person had to use a ruler and a pen to draw a line under the change. Sounds like fun stuff doesn’t it? It was like watching paint dry!
Thankfully, Microsoft Word has made this so that it is pain-free and practically does it all for you. Once your document has been created and saved to OneDrive and Autosave has been enabled, any edits you have made to your document are automatically saved AND a new version of your document is created when you close your original document. You can then compare your previous versions saved in OneDrive.
Follow the steps below to learn how:
- On your Ribbon, go to the Review tab and select Compare.
- Once the Compare button has been selected, you will see the option to compare your current version to your last Major Version if you have published major versions available.
- You can also compare your current document to the Last Version document that you created and saved on OneDrive.
I don’t know about you, but I would say that is some major progress!