Feedback Hack – How to combine multiple Word docs into one

You might already know how to do this. This might be the most obvious thing in the world. Since I just learned how to do it, and never want to forget, I’m re-posting it here.

Say you’re working on a book or something long, you get feedback from multiple sources (including tracked-changes and comment boxes). This is how to merge all of those into one file so you don’t have to flip between windows. My screen is tiny. Don’t judge.

  1. On the Review tab, in the Compare group, click Compare.
  2. Click Combine revisions from multiple authors.
  3. Under Original document, click the name of the document into which you want to combine the changes from multiple sources.

    If you don’t see the document in the list, click Browse for Original .

  4. Under Revised document, browse for the document that contains the changes by one of the reviewers.
  5. Click More.
  6. Under Show changes, select the options for what you want to compare in the documents.

    By default, Microsoft Office Word shows changes to whole words. For example, if you change the word cat to cats, the entire word cats will show as changed in the document and not simply the character s.

  7. Under Show changes in, click Original document.
  8. Click OK.

    To change which documents appear on the screen when you click OK, in the Compare group, click Hide Source Documents or Show Source Documents.

  9. Repeat steps 1-8. Word will merge all of the changes into the original document.
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