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Welcome to Compare It!
About Compare It!
Installing and Removing Compare It!
What's New in This release?
Quick Start
User Interface Basics
Application Window Illustration
Using Compare It!
Comparing files
Merging Files
Editing Files
Setting Options
File Filters
Advanced Comparison
Printing and Reporting
Print options
Print Options: Margins
Print Options: Advanced
Comparison report
Comparison statistics
Keyboard Shortcuts, Toolbar Buttons, Menu Commands
Advanced Functions
Adding Shortcuts to External Applications
Adaptive comparison
Auto Backup
Automatch rules
Command Line Usage
Configuration File
Changes Only Mode
Custom Syntax Files
Defining Column Ranges
Enhanced Open File
File lists support
Folders comparison
Ignore Difference
Manual Matching
Merged Report
Moved Sections
Partial matching
Result File Support
Unicode Support
Using Compare It! with File Manager
Using fixed/alternative font
Using Regular Expressions
Using RegExps substrings
Word files comparison
Excel files comparison
Other file formats support
Zip File Support
General Information
What is Shareware?
How To Register
Warranty and License
Future Releases
Other Products
Frequently Asked Questions
Updates and Support
Comparing Files

Compare It! lets you use different methods to select files to compare:

  • Command line
    Simply pass 2 file names as parameters and Compare It! will open them.
    See also: File Name AutoComplete
  • If run without parameters, Compare It! allows you to select source and target files using the Open File dialog.
    You can also select files at any time by pressing CTRL + O.
  • Drop files into the Compare It! application window to compare them: one-by-one or both files at once.
  • Using the Select Files mode, accessible by pressing CTRL + SHIFT + O
  • You can choose a recently compared file pair by choosing File > Recent and selecting the file pair.

As soon as you have selected the files to compare, Compare It! will compare the files and show the results. Comparison should not last very long, unless your files are very large. As an example, a comparison of 2 registry exports of 5 MB each should not take more than 10 seconds.

Viewing Differences

After the compare process is complete, the two compared files appear in the source and target panes. The differences are highlighted in different colors.

See Keyboard Shortcuts and Toolbar Buttons for details about how to perform actions in Compare It! using keyboard shortcuts and toolbar buttons.

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