WinMerge Help is intended for both new and experienced users. It explains how to use WinMerge, and documents its capabilities and limitations.
WinMerge Help topics are provided in two forms:
Microsoft HTML Help (
in your WinMerge\Docs installation directory.
HTML manual on the WinMerge Web site.
You can access WinMerge Help in several ways:
While using WinMerge, click→ . HTML Help opens at the beginning (this topic).
While using any WinMerge window, press F1. If a specific topic is available for your current window, Help opens at that topic. If not, Help opens at the beginning.
Use the /? or -? switch when running WinMerge from the command line. HTML Help opens at the beginning.
Please read the following topics to learn essential WinMerge basics,
Gets you quickly started with WinMerge and shows its basic usage.
Explains the folder comparison window, available operations, and customizing the results display.
Explains the file comparison/merge window, available operations, methods of navigation, and modes.
Explains how to customize WinMerge, including handling whitespace, colours, and text encoding.
To learn about WinMerge in more detail, read these topics:
Introduces several ways to open files and folders in WinMerge - there are many! For example, do you know how to use the Shell Extension context menu in advanced mode?
Describes the optional, extra features that you can add to WinMerge using its plugin mechanism.
Explains how to control what is compared in the folder or file comparison window.
Lists command-line parameters for using WinMerge with other tools or from a script.
Contains answers to many common questions asked of developers.
Click thebutton to navigate to the path.
Press F5 once to refresh the window.
|Bold font in descriptive text can indicate:
|Press Ctrl+O||Press indicates a keyboard action. In this example, press the Ctrl and O keys in combination.|
|Click indicates a left mouse click on an object, such as a menu item or button.|
|Click→ .||The arrow indicates menu navigation. In the example, you choose theitem in the WinMerge menu .|
|Right-click the row and choose theshortcut.||Click the right mouse button on an object to open its context menu, and then either left-click or right-click the indicated item in the context menu.|
Use the Filter field to eliminate files from the operation.
One or more consecutive different lines form one difference (or diff).
|Italicized text can represent:
|Monospaced text can indicate:
||In syntax lines, brackets indicate optional elements. In this example, you must enter an input path with the command; you can enter an output path, but the command is valid without it.|