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    Last Modified: September 19, 2017

    When you are working on similar files or files that change frequently, visually inspecting the files to locate the differences or changes can be difficult. Compare two files with the NI Compare Tool to quickly locate modified content and make edits selectively.

    The following image highlights the parts in the NI Compare Tool workspace you use to configure the tool and view differences.

    Aspect switcher—Displays the comparison results in different parts of the files. The panel shows changed inputs and outputs, the diagram shows modified code, and the icon shows changes in the node icon and connector pane.
    Change display mode button—Specifies whether to show or hide the differences, and whether to display object differences or group differences. You can hide the differences if you want to see the original file without the markers the tool added.
    Filter differences button—Configures the types of differences to display. For example, you can configure the tool to display only functional differences, which affect the execution of the files.
    Export report button—Generates a comparison report that summarizes the differences between the files you compare. The comparison report is an HTML file.
    Navigation options—Navigates the differences, selects the difference to view, configures the scroll bars in two files to scroll simultaneously or independently, and zooms in or out.
    Object difference—Displays details of the changes made to the object within the dashed line.
    Group difference—Displays details of the changes made to the group within the square frame. A group includes modified objects that are wired together. If a modified object is not wired with any other modified objects, the object is in its own group.

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