Compare the formatting of two text selections

You can compare two text selections to see which formatting properties are different. This can be helpful, for example, if two paragraphs don't look exactly the same, but you're not sure which properties are different.

  1. On the Format menu, click Reveal Formatting.
  2. Select the first instance of formatting you want to compare.

Under Selected text in the Reveal Formatting task pane (task pane: A window within an Office program that provides commonly used commands. Its location and small size allow you to use these commands while still working on your files.), an example of your formatting will appear.

  1. Select the Compare to another selection check box.
  2. Select the second instance of formatting to compare.

An example of the formatting will appear in the second box under Selected text.

  1. Under Formatting differences, any differences between the two selections will be described.

When the two selections are exactly the same, No formatting differences will appear instead of the description.

  1. To format the second selection of text so that it matches the first selection, click the arrow next to the second box under Selected text, and then click Apply Formatting of Original Selection.


You can also click the blue, underlined text under Formatting differences and then correct any inconsistencies or make other changes in the second text selection.

Applies to:
Word 2003