Will Excel "compare" two worksheets or files?



I'm using MSExcel2003, SP2....

I already read about the technique where you can put two MSExcel
spreadsheets side-by-side and *visually* compare...which is a very "manual"
technique, but...

Will MSExcel "compare" two worksheets and highlight differences for the user
(like you can do in MSWord...where the resulting output highlights
differences in red...great to for comparing differences in different
versions of some text document)?

If not, is there a software app (preferably in WinXP) that would at least
give a "yes" or "no" on whether two files are identical (duplicates?)



This isn't exactly what you are looking for but it might help.

You could use the EXACT formula in a range of cells identical to those
used in the two spreadsheets. Any occurences of false would indicate a

You could also try a macro which selected the set of occupied cells in
one of the sheets and compared one by one to the other.

Paul B

George, take a look at Compare.xla, it is an add-in, written by Myrna
Larson and Bill Manville, it will compare the contents of two worksheets or
You can download it at Chip Pearson's site here
http://www.cpearson.com/excel/whatsnew.htm about half way down the page

Paul B
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Using Excel 2002 & 2003
Jul 29, 2012
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