How New Collaboration Feature in PowerPoint 2013 Helpful?

Thanks to the all new collaboration feature in PowerPoint 2013, I find it extremely difficult to review and compare changes and modifications, made by collaborators, before figuring out these simple techniques.

The new ‘Compare’ feature flexibly allows the users to review the changes, Compare several different versions of the same presentation and accept or deny the modifications.


How to Compare and Merge Presentations

  • Primarily, browse to your presentation file and Click ‘Merge’.
  • You should be able to see a ‘Review’ pane on the right of the user interface, which displays changes made by the specific user.
  • Changes are highlighted on the slide preview.


  • Slide Changes tab only displays the list of changes made to the current available slide, while Presentation Changes pane displays the aggregate of all the changes made to the entire presentation.
  • If you wish to accept/approve the changes made to the current slide, browse to the Review tab on the ribbon, choose the Accept button and select ‘Accept changes to the current slide’ from the dropdown.
  • Accept all changes to the presentation options allow you to approve all the modifications made to the entire presentation.
  • The same process can be applied for rejecting the modification. All you need to do is choose the Reject option instead.

If you have two versions of the same presentation. Follow the below procedure to compare them.

  • First open the original presentation.
  • On the Review tab, Choose Compare option, and browse to the modified PowerPoint file and open it up.
  • That’s it; PowerPoint does the rest for you. It merges the presentation and you can follow the earlier procedure to review the changes.

If you face any trouble following the tutorial, just comment out your problem. I shall get back to you as soon as possible.

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