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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
Comparison profiles

Comparison profile is a named set of comparison rules, such as blanks policy, RegExps usage, columns range etc. If you have several such profiles prepared and ready, you can quickly toggle comparison rules for single file, or automatically use different rules depending on file type.

All profiles management is done within Options dialog (menu Options > Options > Comparison).

How to create new profile?

To add a profile click Manage button, and choose Add command to create empty profile or Clone command to create new profile duplicating current profile's settings.

How to edit profile options?

Combobox at the top of Comparison options page includes list of existing profiles. Select profile you are interested in, and you will see it's settings. Tweak it as you need. You can edit settings on 2 pages - "Basic rules" and "RegExps". RegExps page title will help you to easily understand if RegExps are used in current profile.
Note: Regular Expressions list is shared between all profiles. You can only select which RegExps should be used by specific profile. So if you delete a RegExp from list in one profile, it will be completely deleted in all profiles. If you have deleted RegExp by mistake, simply use Cancel button to close Options dialog - this will reset all options.

You can also rename and delete profiles by selecteing appropriate commands from same menu.

Selecting working profile

There is number of way to select current profile during your work with Compare&nsbp;It!:

  • You can assign profile to specific File Filter so it will be used automatically for these files;
  • You can select profile with command line switch: so you can create shortcuts with specific rules on your desktop and drop files on it;
  • There is an option to store last used profile and automatically use it next time;
  • Current profile is shown in Status Bar - click it and choose new profile from menu;
  • Current profile combo can be included in toolbar too, you can do it in Options > Toolbar...;
  • Profile selection is also available in menu View > Compare as;
  • Finally, you can assign keys to quickly toggle profiles in Options > Options > Keybpoard.

Special profiles

There are few special profiles that you should be aware of:

  • Default profile always exists and is used for all unknown files. If you will not use Comparison profiles feature, you will work with this profile all the time.
  • Ignore Nothing profile is hidden - you can not delete or edit it. It's used to quickly turn off all comparison rules. By default this profile can be selected with Ctrl+F11 key.

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