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MS Excel 2013 comparing two files

I have Excel 2013, for which I had read that it had the capability to compare two Excel files.
The only way I see this capability is by selecting the "Compare and Merge" icon from the "More Commands" selection.  In doing this, it does not seem to work, and I would not like to "merge" the files.
I thought that this function would be within the "ribbon."
Any comments to where it might be?
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I haven't seen this feature yet, but if it's anything like how Word has done it for a long time, it starts with a "source" file and pulls in a "compare" file contents and throws the differences into the source and lets you navigate through the differences to accept or reject them.

What are you trying to do with the comparison?  A while back I wrote a tool that will take two sheets/workbooks and build a set of differences and place those into a new sheet. (Although I'd have to dig around to find it.)  It includes options for value differences, formula differences, formatting differences, sheet name diffs etc.
You need to install Excel 2013 Inquire add-addin
It has all of the stuff you referred

Name of add in us "inquire" it is free can be downloaded from Microsoft web
Only the Professional Plus edition of Excel 2013 has the Spreadsheet Compare/Inquire function. If you have a lower-level edition, you have to use an add-in.

I really like the (free) Spreadsheet Compare add-in to do this: http://sourceforge.net/projects/spreadshcompare/

It's actively being developed; the developers are very responsive to bug reports and requests.
chimaAuthor Commented:
Great, thanks everyone.  I used the Excel "ADD-INS."  One has to select the "COM-INS" (if I recall correctly), Excel is not allowing me to click on the ADD-INS again, to check.  But now I see the "INQUIRE" tab.  I have not used it yet, but will soon.
Points coming shortly.  thanks
chimaAuthor Commented:
Thank you, it works well.
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