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Microsoft Word 2008

Merging and Splitting Table Cells

When working with tables, you may occasionally want to merge two or more cells, or split one cell into multiple cells. Word makes this easy.

return to topMerging Cells

Cells can be merged either from the Quick Menu or the Toobox.

HINTS:
To avoid having to redo your table headings, use the merge and split features as the final step in formatting your table.
If there is text in more than one of the cells being merged, the text from each cell will be separated by paragraphs in the resulting cell.

Merging Cells: Command Bar Option

  1. Select the cells you want to merge
    Selected Cells

  2. From the Table pull-down menu, select Merge Cells
    The selected cells are merged.
    Merged Cells

Merging Cells: Toolbox Option

  1. Select the cells you want to merge

  2. Click TOOLBOX

  3. On the Formatting Palette, click the TABLE toolbar
    The Table toolbar expands.

  4. Click MERGEMerge Cells button
    The selected cells are merged.

return to topSplitting Cells

As with merging, cells can be split from either the Quick Menu or the Toolbox.

Splitting Cells: Command Bar Option

HINTS:
Word will attempt to evenly divide any text in the cell you are splitting based on the number of paragraphs.
You can only split one cell at a time using the Quick Menu option.

  1. Select the cell you want to split
    Selected Cell

  2. Press [Ctrl] + click within the selected cell » select Split Cells...
    The Split Cells dialog box appears.
    Split Cells dialog from Quick Menu

  3. In the Number of columns and/or Number of rows boxes, type or use the nudge buttons to select the desired number of rows and/or columns

  4. Click OK
    The selected cell is split according to your settings.
    Split Cell

Splitting Cells: Toolbox Option

  1. Select the cells you want to merge

  2. Click TOOLBOX

  3. On the Formatting Palette, click the TABLE toolbar
    The Table toolbar expands.

  4. Click SPLITSplit Cells button
    The Split Cells dialog box appears.
    Split Cells dialog from Quick Menu

  5. In the Number of columns and/or Number of rows boxes, type or use the nudge buttons to select the desired number of rows and/or columns

  6. Click OK
    The selected cells are merged.

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