The steps in this guide are going to show you how to merge two or more cells in a table that you have created in your Microsoft Word document.
Select the Layout tab at the top of the window, to the right of Table Design.
In fact, you may have even merged cells in Microsoft Excel before, which likely led you to look for a way to merge cells in Word. Fortunately you have the ability to select cells in a Microsoft Word table, then take those selected cells and combine them into one large single cell. Our guide below will show you how to merge cells in Word and help you achieve your desired table formatting.
How to Merge Table Cells in Microsoft Word 2016
The steps in this article were performed in the Microsoft Word for Office 365 version of the application, but will also work in other recent versions including Microsoft Word 2016 and Microsoft Word 2019.
Step 1: Open your document containing the table with cells that you wish to merge.
Step 4: Drag your mouse to select the rest of the cells to include in the merge. I am merging the top row of my table in the image below, as indicated by the gray fill color appearing in those cells.
Step 5: Select the Layout tab to the right of the Table Design tab at the top of the window.
Step 6: Choose the Merge Cells option in the Merge section of the ribbon.
How to Unmerge Cells in Word 2016
Now that you know how to merge cells in Word tables, it’s also helpful to know how to undo that merge in case you accidentally merge the wrong cells, or discover that you need to change your layout.
Word handles this with a Split Cells tool. This allows you to select the merged cells in your table, then specify the number of rows or columns that the merged cells should be split into.
Step 1: Select the merged cell that you wish to split into multiple cells.
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