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'Compare' feature in Word 2003 isn't showing differences in Footers

Posted on 2011-02-23
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I am using Word's Legal Blackline Compare feature to compare 2 similar files.  All of the differences between the two are identified, except changes to the Footers.  In the "compared" file - - on some pages I see the footer of document 1, on some pages I see the footer of document 2, and on the last 2 pages I see a properly compared footer (they way it should be).

Checked to make sure there weren't any unresolved Track Changes in either document.

Any ideas?
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Ingeborg Hawighorst (Microsoft MVP / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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Hello,

I don't use that function much, but from my other work in Word I know that headers and footers are not always included in operations that logically should involve the whole document.

For example, if you hit Ctrl-A to select everything in the document, then hit F9 to update all fields, the fields used in headers and footers will not update. You have to open/edit the header/footer, then hit Ctrl-A and F9 again to update the fields in the headers/footers.

So I'm not surprised that the compare feature does not seem to play nicely with headers/footers, either.

Sorry, this is not a solution, just an observation about header/footer behaviour in reference to activities that are applied to the whole document.

cheers, teylyn
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not a solution, there may not be a solution... but a helpful observation
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