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MS Excel 2013 comparing two files

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Hello,
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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by:rspahitz
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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.
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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
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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.
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by:chima
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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
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by:chima
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Thank you, it works well.
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