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  • Document compare says links & pictures are changed when they're not

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    Home Forums AskWoody support Microsoft Office by version Questions: Microsoft Office Document compare says links & pictures are changed when they're not

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      • #2041588 Reply
        WSjsachs177
        AskWoody Lounger

        The message title says it all. Running compares between two versions of a document is a common task in my job. Sometimes Compare marks every hyperlink field or every picture or both as changed, when they are not.

        This is a tremendous time sink. If a link’s URL contains a long string of gibberish, confirming that two versions of it are the same requires opening both, copying the URLs to separate files, and comparing the files. I haven’t found a practical way to compare two pictures. (Identical pictures saved to files may still compare different, depending on the format and tools involved, and ensuring a meaningful comparison is a challenge of its own.)

        Have you experienced this problem? Do you know a workaround?

      • #2041633 Reply
        Kirsty
        Da Boss

        Which version of Office is this for, and which program? i.e Word 2016?

      • #2041637 Reply
        WSjsachs177
        AskWoody Lounger

        We currently use Office 365Β  ProPlus. We previously used Office 2016. I haven’t noticed any difference in the nature of frequency of the problem. I really don’t think the version of Office affects it.

        • #2041646 Reply
          Kirsty
          Da Boss

          I did a very simple comparison test using hyperlinks, but didn’t get alerted to a problem (using 2013). I presume the conditions weren’t similar enough.

          Maybe someone else will have better luck replicating the problem? πŸ™‚

      • #2041768 Reply
        WSjsachs177
        AskWoody Lounger

        As I said, it happens repeatedly — not consistently. If you try several times under different conditions with different files, you may (or may not) be able to reproduce what is happening to me.

        Apart from that, I welcome any suggestions on how to identify the enabling conditions so that I can tell you how to make it happen.

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