Merging copies of a shared workbook
Turning on the Track Changes feature automatically shares your workbook. When multiple users collaborate on the same shared workbook, you can use the Compare and Merge Workbooks command to view all of their changes at once and address them by accepting or rejecting them.
Each person you collaborate with must save a copy of the shared workbook using a unique file name that differs from the original. For example, if the original file name is "Agenda", your collaborators could use the files names "Agenda—Ana's Changes" or "David Agenda Feedback".
You can only merge copies of the same shared workbook. All the copies that you plan to merge should be located in the same folder.
To add the Compare and Merge Workbooks command:
The Compare and Merge Workbooks command is not available on the Review tab but can be added to the Quick Access Toolbar. Start here if you have not added the command already.
- Click the File tab.
- Choose Options.
- The Excel Options dialog box will appear. Select Quick Access Toolbar.
Selecting the Quick Access Toolbar
- Under Choose commands from, click the drop-down menu and select All Commands.
- Find and select the Compare and Merge Workbooks command.
- Click Add to add it to the Quick Access Toolbar.
Adding the Compare and Merge Workbooks command
- Click OK.
- The Compare and Merge Workbooks command will be added to your Quick Access Toolbar.
To compare and merge workbooks:
- Open a copy of the shared workbook.
- On the Quick Access Toolbar, click the Compare and Merge Workbooks command.
Compare and Merge Workbooks command
- If prompted, allow Excel to save your workbook.
- The Select Files to Merge into Current Workbook dialog box will appear.
- Select another copy of the same shared workbook you want to merge. To select multiple copies, hold CTRL or SHIFT on your keyboard while clicking the file names.
Selecting files to merge into the current workbook
- Click OK.
- The changes from each copy of the shared workbook will be merged into a single copy. All changes and comments can now be addressed at the same time.
Worksheet after merging changes
Each color represents changes from a different user, so you can tell at a glance who made the change.