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Subject:MS Word - Compare and Merge From:Geoff Hart <ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca> To:TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>, Anthony <italian_scribbles -at- yahoo -dot- com> Date:Wed, 29 Nov 2006 15:16:02 -0500
Anthony wondered: <<I am using MS Word's Compare and Merge feature to
compare two versions of the same document at different stages of its
development. Thus far it seems to be playing havoc with the order of
the template's numbering.>>
I haven't used Word 2003, but I've heard no indication whatsoever
that Microsoft has bothered to fix the autonumbering bug. Compare and
Merge uses the revision tracking code, which is ordinarily a good
thing, since that code is quite solid. However, at least in previous
versions and probably in 2003 too, the revision tracking feature does
not play well with autonumbering (or with automatic bullets in the
List Bullet style); whenever you change text in the autonumbered
paragraphs, and sometimes "near" them (in a way I haven't been able
to define better than that), Word gets confused and screws up the
numbering or bullets.
I'm not aware of any other adverse side-effects of this combination
of features, but one thing I've learned about Word: expect the
unexpected. That being said, this feature should not screw up any
formatting unless you have dueling document formats: for example, if
one version of the document is automatically set to update styles,
and you manually edited a style, I can imagine this having annoying--
but not dire--consequences that would require you to undo the
But on the whole, it should be safe to use. You'll just have to fix
the autonumbering problem.