Solved need app to compare 2 excel files & report all differences

October 1, 2013 at 08:51:14
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I need app, program, or utility that will compare 2 large excel files. Report all changes, additions, deletions between the 2 files

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October 1, 2013 at 09:30:01
Here is an Open Source program that should work for you:

Has a Plug-In for Word/Excel/Power Point here:


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October 1, 2013 at 10:03:03
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You can also do it with a formula, assuming you are looking for a cell by cell comparison.

Copy each "matching" worksheet from the 2 files into a single file, using names like:

MySheet and MySheet_2

Then, in a 3rd sheet, put this formula in A1 and drag it over and down as far as you need:

=IF(MySheet!A1=MySheet_2!A1,"-","MySheet!" & ADDRESS(ROW(),COLUMN()) &
" shows " &"'" & MySheet!A1 & "'" & " but MySheet_2!" &
ADDRESS(ROW(),COLUMN()) & " shows " &"'" &MySheet_2!A1&"'")

You'll get a "-" (dash) in cells that match, and something like this for cells that don't:

MySheet!$A$2 shows 't' but MySheet_2!$A$2 shows '987'

Granted, this is not showing "changes, additions, deletions", it is merely showing the differences between the 2 sheets. I'm not sure how any app would know what was "changed, added or deleted". Unless I'm missing something, the only thing a "comparison" app can do is tell you what is different between the 2 files, not how that changes came to be.

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