File Contents Panel

Selected files are opened in two side-by-side editors. A text perspective is used to offer a better view of the differences. You can also compare XML fragments by copying and pasting them into both sides of the panel, without selecting files. To compare XML fragments, if files are already opened you need to close them in order to paste the fragments into the panels.

The two editors are constantly kept in sync. Therefore, if you scroll through the text in one side, the other one also scrolls to show the differences side-by-side. The differences are indicated with highlights connected through colored areas. To navigate through differences, do one of the following:

You can edit the content in either side of the editor and the differences are refreshed when you save the modified document. If you save modified fragments, rather than a file, a dialog opens that allows you to save the changes as a new document.

Both editors provide a contextual menu that contains edit, merge, and navigation actions.

The Find/Replace dialog is displayed by pressing Ctrl+F (Command+F on OS X). Find/Replace options are also available:

If the compared blocks of text are too large and you want to see the differences at a more fine-tuned level, you can choose options in the Compare menu to do a word level comparison or character level comparison.