Merging Table Cells in MS Word


You may not be aware of it it, but Word contains a table editor that allows you to create complex tables in your documents. There is a great feature of the table editor that allows you to merge adjacent cells, so that it looks like one cell. Simply put, merging means taht the adjacent cells are treated as a single cell even though they did not start out as a single cell. If your cells are on the same row or in the same column, you can merge them!

Follow the steps below to learn how:

  • Select two or more adjacent cells in your worksheet that you would like to merge.
  • In the Table Tools Layout conditional tab or your Ribbon, click on the Merge Cells control.

Another method of merging cells is using the Eraser tool.  Follow the steps below to learn how:

  • In the Design tab of your Ribbon (which you will only see if your cursor is in your table), look in the Draw Borders group and click on the Eraser tool.  Your cursor will turn into and eraser.
  • Click on a line between cells and the line will be deleted and your cells will be merged.
  • Clicking and dragging your cursor across lines will also delete them.
  • Click on your Eraser tool again or ESC to turn off your Eraser tool.

That’s all there is to it!

About the Author

Carol Bratt

Carol holds A+, MCP, and MOS computer certifications and is the resident DCT Office expert. She trains the staffs of small law firms in the use of Microsoft Office applications and has authored many books covering Microsoft Office as well as written articles for Infopackets, TechnoLawyer, and Digital Harbor. For more Microsoft Office tips visit Carol's Corner Office or follow Carol on FaceBook and Twitter.