Word: Combine Two Tables

In Microsoft Word, combining two tables (or appending one to another) can be tricky. Here is how to make the combination of tables as easy as possible.


Combining tables in Word is supposed to be easy. You should be able to put one table against another and the two combine. However, frequently this does not work and you get something that looks like this:

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To combine these tables, double-click the little cross-in-a-box for the table. This will open up the properties for that table. Click the Table tab and change Text Wrapping to None. Then click OK and repeat this for the other table.

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After the text wrapping is changed on both tables, they will combine if they are close to each other. Use the mouse to adjust the lines to make the sections of the table appear the same. One table should now be appending to another and the tables are indeed combined into one…

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(If you still have problems combining the two, hit CTRL-SHIFT-8 to display mark-up. Delete any paragraph symbols that may be interferring with the combination of the table. Repeat the CTRL-SHIFT-8 to hide the mark up again once done.)

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47 Responses to “Word: Combine Two Tables”

  1. October 22, 2008 at 2:04 pm, F. Ehrhardt said:

    Thanks for the suggestions, but they DO NOT WORK in Word 07.

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    • July 03, 2012 at 8:48 am, Behrooz said:

      > put cursor between to tables then press delete button on keyboard
      the cursor should be right after first table

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  2. November 17, 2008 at 5:16 pm, jeff said:

    you press control delete.

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    • May 15, 2012 at 4:19 pm, Steve said:

      > Jeff has the easy way: position your cursor between the tables and press Ctrl and Del at the same time.

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  3. November 24, 2008 at 4:27 am, dula said:

    this is useful stuff guys.. thank you

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  4. March 03, 2009 at 6:55 pm, Jin said:

    yes they do work, i tried those in word 2007 and worked fine, this word version is so weird, sometimes you can even merge table just by deleting the space between them

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    • June 30, 2011 at 7:29 pm, Nn_walters said:

      No. It doesn’t. In Word 2007 the text wrapping setting is already set to ‘None’. This does not work. The only way to do this is to copy the table (make sure to only select the table) that you want to join to your existing table. Place the cursor to the right of the last row of the last column (bottom right corner of the table) of the cell you want to join it to. Then paste. You will have to do some minor adjusting but this is the only I’ve found that works.

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      • June 30, 2011 at 7:31 pm, Nn_walters said:

        No. It doesn’t. In Word 2007 the text wrapping setting is already set to ‘None’. This does not work. The only way to do this is to copy the table (make sure to only select the table) that you want to join to your existing table. Place the cursor to the right of the last row of the last column (bottom right corner of the table) of the TABLE you want to join it to (your existing table). Then paste. You will have to do some minor adjusting but this is the only I’ve found that works.

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  5. March 23, 2009 at 1:21 pm, aman said:

    thanks

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  6. June 17, 2009 at 2:57 pm, sarita said:

    Thank you!! It helped a lot :-)

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  7. September 22, 2009 at 12:45 pm, Anonymous said:

    Great! This is the first thing that has worked, and I use Word 2007.
    Two enhancements:
    1. Frequently when these tables need combining, the previous author has manually inserted a new Table Header Row at the top of every page. You will need to manually highlight that row and then delete it, then click on “Repeat Header Rows”.
    2. Almost always, even after you have eliminated the manual Page Breaks, still a Return symbol will persist between the tables you are trying to combine. You can’t eliminate that by hitting the Backspace key, you have hit the Delete key.

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  8. December 22, 2009 at 6:04 am, Anonymous said:

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP

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  9. February 22, 2010 at 3:47 pm, Anonymous said:

    Very nice

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  10. July 16, 2010 at 7:40 am, Mohitaithani5683 2008 said:

    thank you
    it helped!

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  11. July 22, 2010 at 7:14 pm, Michael Daly said:

    I couldn’t get this method to work with my Word 2003. I couldn’t successfully delete a paragraph mark. But when I copied and pasted the rows of each table into a new, blank document, I was able to get the two tables to become one table in the new document. Then I copied the new combined table and pasted it in place of the messed-up table in the original document.

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    • October 24, 2012 at 7:18 pm, Barbara said:

      This worked for me – thanks!

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  12. September 29, 2010 at 10:54 pm, Len_cop said:

    If erasing the paragraph marks do not work (like mine) then create a new row above the first row of the paragraph mark (or space between the two tables). Select the entire first row of table 2 (which is blank) and the space (or paragraph mark) then delete them both.

    Super frustrated with new hot asses software that doesn’t do the basics….

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  13. March 22, 2011 at 10:49 am, Cbzee2 said:

    Thank you, it worked for me.

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  14. May 03, 2011 at 8:26 pm, Wers64 said:

    I just tried deleting the space between two equal-column tables. Did not work. Afterwards, i selected the first table, used “Change to text” option with tab delimiters. Did the same with the second table. Then i noticed that the paragraph spacing between table one and two was different. fixed it an the selected all text (contents from table one and two) and “Inserted” a Table, with option “Table”. Finally i got what i needed ! Terrible for Word 2007 ! Word 2003 was so easy!

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  15. June 11, 2011 at 5:02 pm, Esprit64 said:

    I had one table that became corrupted mid-table.  Every time that I tried to remove the corrupted information, the table would not allow me to save it, the document closed, re-opened, and I was back to square #1. 

    The first thing I did was to make a page break above and below the corrupted table part.  I was then able to remove the corrupted information to another blank document to deal with its separate issues in that document.  After I cleaned up that info in the separate document, I returned it clean to my original table.

    Back to the original table, it now would not combine.  I once again split it by page break into two separate tables.  For each table part, I chose the table part, I went to Table Auto Format and chose “Table Theme.”  I was then able to combine the two tables.  After the tables were combined, sorted, I went back to BORDERS/SHADING, and restored my original settings.

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  16. August 19, 2011 at 5:55 am, Tim said:

    it works, thank you very much

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  17. October 05, 2011 at 12:52 pm, Cel said:

    I deleted the gap between the two tables, and they merged. I used Word 2007.

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  18. October 30, 2011 at 11:17 pm, SD said:

    JUST figured this out for Windows for Mac 2011: Just select the tables you want merged and right click and select “Mail Merge” from the drop down menu. (Right clicking on a mac is ‘control’ + click. The shortcut is command + V when the tables are selected. You’re welcome.

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  19. October 30, 2011 at 11:33 pm, SD said:

    Scratch that…it merged them by replacing cells not stacking the tables. grr

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  20. November 08, 2011 at 3:40 pm, ID said:

    Thanks a lot, got tired of cursing at word developers… )-D

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  21. January 05, 2012 at 8:18 am, Petre said:

    Great!!! thank you very much, it works!!!

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  22. January 19, 2012 at 2:38 pm, anamca said:

    Nothing suggested here, or several other forums, worked for me.

    I sorted my split table by copying first one half, then the other into Excel, with no row between, as I wanted them, then selecting the lot, copying and pasting back into Word, which then needed only minor adjustment of column widths, but at least there was only one lot!

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  23. January 23, 2012 at 12:54 pm, JP said:

    Very irritating! You used to simply put the two tables together then double-click between the two tables that you would put as close to each other as possible and voila, they attached!

    Now, it is utterly impossible–at least with the complex table I created and am trying to use again with variations to it. Extraordinarily annoying as well as taking HOURS to redo!

    Thanks for the pathetic upgrade!

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  24. January 27, 2012 at 4:06 am, JeB said:

    This was just the answer I needed. The form had been created by someone else but I needed to adapt it and was experience difficulty until I followed these instructions to merge the tables.
    Many thanks.

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  25. March 28, 2012 at 2:11 pm, CBF said:

    Worked like a charm in Word 2010!

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  26. June 25, 2012 at 8:09 pm, John said:

    Left-click the [+] icon (is this called the anchor?) at the upper left-hand corner of the lower table to select it.
    Place the cursor in the selected table and holding down the left mouse button, drag the selected table towards the top table – Do not drag the table using the anchor and do not drag the lower table into the upper table. As you get close to the bottom of the upper table, a small vertical broken line will appear underneath the upper table; the position of this line will not change if the cursor is moved around the space below the upper table.
    When this line appears, release the mouse button and the two tables will merge.

    Caution: Do not drag the lower table into the top table as this will not work.

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    • June 29, 2012 at 12:42 am, will said:

      > This is amazing. I tried all the other methods above and they did not work in Word 2007, although they may have set the stage for this method to work. The two tables appeared to have exactly the same formatting, but they just wouldn’t merge. I didn’t see the part about the vertical broken line, but I released the cursor just as it touched the bottom line of the first table, and the two tables merged like magic. Thanks so much for this tip.

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      • July 12, 2012 at 10:26 am, Gary said:

        John’s way worked for me also (after a lot of wated time trying everything else). Thanks.

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  27. June 26, 2012 at 9:11 pm, rose said:

    Thanks, just the help I needed, it worked for me! Cheers!

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  28. July 10, 2012 at 8:07 pm, Kirk said:

    Am using Word 2007. Was having trouble combining/merging a couple of tables in a Word document.
    Tried many of the suggestions above (delete hard returns, set table wrapping to none, copied over to new document, insert new rows first, etc.).

    The one that worked was John’s suggestion about dragging tables together!

    However, before I found that, I discovered something else that worked in my particular case.
    I changed both tables’ styles to plain. After that, they merged without incident (delete hard returns between tables).

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  29. August 06, 2012 at 7:49 am, Annie said:

    None of the above worked for my Word 2011 14.2.2

    What did work was to select each table and convert it to text and then sort (my original aim) and then convert the total doc back into table. Perfect!

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  30. September 14, 2012 at 10:12 am, 2010user said:

    thankyou very very much! i looked into the convert to text and back again option but had no success. mickey, you’ve saved my sanity. my document, a compendium of plant breeds in 3 colums and which somehow became several tables that needed to be reunited, is so far 213 pages long. i was very worried, and your method is the best thing to happen to me lately.

    best wishes from oz

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  31. October 09, 2012 at 6:30 pm, Jennie C. said:

    These suggestions did NOT work for me until I turned “Track Changes” OFF.

    Hope this helps someone.

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    • October 09, 2012 at 6:32 pm, David Kirk said:

      A fellow tutorialist! Thanks for the input, Jennie C.

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  32. October 23, 2012 at 2:46 pm, Mike May said:

    If they don’t auto-merge, do this:

    1. Select your top table
    2. Add a new blank row to it at the bottom.
    3. Select and copy your bottom table.
    4. Click in the leftmost cell of that row you created in step 2.
    5. Paste the table.
    6. Verify it’s ok and then delete the duplicate copy (the separate one) of the bottom table.

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  33. April 26, 2013 at 7:01 am, Priyanka Patel said:

    Thank u soooooo much

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  34. December 02, 2013 at 2:36 pm, Krista C said:

    Thank you! It worked.

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  35. January 10, 2014 at 5:26 pm, Leyna Ferris said:

    The above alone did not work for me in Word 2007. If your tables still haven’t joined into one after following the directions above, you may try this:

    1. Click the “Office” button in the top left-hand corner of Word
    2. Select the button in the lower right-hand corner of the menu that reads “Word Options”
    3. Choose the “Advanced” option.
    4. Scroll down to the bottom until you see, “Compatibility options for:” It will probably show your current document name. You may leave it or change to “All New Documents.”
    5. Click the “+” sign next to “Layout Options”
    6. Click the radio dial next to, “Allow table rows to lay out apart.”
    7. Click “OK”

    No guarantees, but it worked for me.

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  36. January 22, 2014 at 4:57 pm, Nate said:

    Directions varied a bit in Office 2010 but this was super helpful. Thank you!

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  37. February 04, 2014 at 12:07 pm, Lisa said:

    Thanks for the tip. Had searched for a resolution to the merging 2 tables issue intermittently for a while now and finally came across your solution. So simple! Many thanks! (Note: solution worked for MS Word for Mac 2011.)

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  38. February 08, 2014 at 2:03 am, usr said:

    thank you, very use ful information

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  39. March 06, 2014 at 9:58 am, Ju said:

    You are a life saver! I never comment! But this worked.

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