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Comparing documents

Two separate cover letters have been written at different times to accompany this project. Only one of these letters is correct. You will use Acrobat to highlight the differences between the two letters, allowing you to determine which one should be used.

1.
If necessary, close any open documents by choosing File > Close.

2.
Choose Document > Compare Documents. The Compare Documents window opens.

3.
In the Compare (older document) portion of the window, click the Choose button and navigate to the Lesson13 folder and select client_letter2.pdf. Click Open, and you are returned to the Compare Documents window.

4.
In the To (newer document) portion of the window, click the Choose button and navigate to the Lesson13 folder and select client_letter1.pdf. Click Open, and you are returned to the Compare Documents window.

5.
In the Type of Comparison section, choose the Textual differences radio button and in the Choose compare report type section, select Side by Side Report. Leave the other settings unchanged, and click OK.

6.
Acrobat opens a new document with one letter on the left side of the window, and the other letter on the right side of the window. The initial page provides an overview of the number of words that match or do not match, which provides an understanding of how substantially different the documents are.

7.
Scroll down to see the actual letters presented side-by-side. Acrobat underlines words that have been added in one document, and strikes-through those words that have been removed. This provides a clear view of how the document has been changed.

8.
Close the document by choosing File > Close.

Congratulations! You have finished this lesson.


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