Compare Two Excel Files, Spreadsheets

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Draftable Legal - The way to compare Excel Documents

Draftable Legal

Try Draftable Legal to compare Excel documents and redline in the PDF viewer with tracked changes.

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“Our lawyers found the tool easy and intuitive to use and got it on the first go. They benefited from useful features like Draftable’s proprietary move algorithm, which has proven to be more accurate in detecting and showing when content has been moved within a document.”

– Lee Hodge,
IT Director, Sparke Helmore
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“With Draftable Legal, even if a single letter in a word is changed, the tool highlights it, unlike the compare tool we used previously, which marked the whole word as deleted or inserted. Draftable Legal also accurately identifies and displays changes in 'moved' text, even when there are edits within the ‘moved’ sentence.”.

- Sarah Simmonds,
Practice Manager, JRT Partnership
“Choosing Draftable Legal was a simple strategic decision for us. Its quality of comparisons, ease of use, and legal workflows-focused features align perfectly with our high standards of client service. The software has enhanced our workflows, allowing for more efficient and accurate results. Our attorneys spend less time worrying about the software and more time on the results.  We strongly recommend Draftable Legal to other law firms.”

– Dave A. Kester,
Director of Information Technology, GableGotwals

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Find Differences in Excel Documents

How to use Draftable Legal to compare Excel files

How to compare two Excel files for differences?

Upload your Excel files into the Draftable launcher, click Compare and see the identified changes. This is the quickest and easiest way to accurately compare differences between two Excel files and spreadsheets.

How to compare two excel files

What Excel file types does Draftable support?

Draftable Legal can run comparisons for a range of Excel spreadsheet and file types including:

  • .xlsx ( Excel Workbook)
  • .xlsm (Excel Macro-Enabled Workbook)
  • .xls (Excel 97-2003 Workbook)
  • .csv (CSV UTF-8, Comma Delimited)

How does Draftable Legal display the differences between .xls files?

You can choose how you’d like to compare Excel documents and see the changes, with options for side-by-side view and tracked changes output:

Tracked Changes:See the changes shown in native format via Microsoft’s Spreadsheet Compare.

Side-by-Side: See both Excel documents side-by-side with changes highlighted. The synced scroll and view allows you to scroll through both documents at the same time to review the changes, or you can navigate through the change list in the Draftable viewer. You also have the option to export, tag and annotate the changes.

Differences between two Excel Files

Why should I use Draftable Legal over the Microsoft Excel?

Streamlined workflows: Draftable Legal integrates seamlessly with key legal software, including Document Management Systems and the Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint). This integration minimises the number of clicks needed for comparisons and speeds up processes like file uploads or sharing comparison outputs, improving workflow efficiency beyond the capabilities of the MS Compare function.

Broader file compatibility: Draftable Legal supports a broad range of file formats for comparison, including Excel spreadsheets, PDFs, scanned documents, Word files, PowerPoint slides and plain text.

How can I run a side-by-side comparison?

  1. Go to the Draftable launcher
  2. Upload the two Excel documents you want to compare into the launcher, either by browsing your files or dragging and dropping the files into the Draftable launcher.
  3. Select “Side-by-Side" in the Comparison Type dropdown menu.
  4. Click the Compare button to run the comparison.
  5. View the changes, displayed side by side with a dynamic change list available for ease of review.

Who uses Draftable Legal?

Law firms and in-house legal teams love using Draftable Legal for its ability to compare Excel documents easily and accurately. Designed with the specific needs of legal professionals in mind, Draftable Legal integrates smoothly into legal workflows so lawyers can quickly review documents and see changes.

Can I compare two spreadsheets offline?

Draftable Legal is available as a desktop application, enabling private comparison of Excel sheets directly on your computer, without the need to share sensitive files with external servers.

The desktop app supports comparison of Excel files, along with Word, PowerPoint, Rich Text, and plain text files, offering Redline, native, and side-by-side viewing options.

Draftable also provides a REST API solution, for embedding Draftable into other applications or running comparisons via API request. We also offer API self-hosted services. Read more here. Contact us here.

Can I try Draftable Legal for Excel document comparison before purchasing?

Absolutely. You can start a free five-day trial of Draftable Legal to put it through its paces and ensure it’s 100% right for you before purchasing. Start your free trial here.

How does Draftable Legal ensure security?

Security is our top priority. We are ISO27001 certified and specialise in document comparison for large organisations and teams with specific obligations concerning privacy and security. We'll happily work with your IT or Dev teams to ensure a seamless deployment.

To discuss our self-hosted version or API, Contact Us. Read More About Security.