How to Merge and Split Cells of a Table in MS-Word

Combining more than two cells into one cell is called merging cells, and dividing one cell into more cells is called split cells. Similarly, dividing a table into more tables is called a split table.  

To merge and split cells of a table in a word document, follow the steps below.

1. How to Merge Cells in a Word

Merging cells means combining more than one cell into a cell. To merge the cells into one cell, do the following:

→ Go to the Insert tab

→ Click Table

Hover over the gridlines with enough rows and columns and then click to insert a table.

Insert a table with enough rows and columns using one of the table options.
Insert a table with enough rows and columns using one of the table options.
  • Now select enough cells in a table
Selecting cells in a table
Selecting cells in a table
  • Click on the table tools Layout
  • After that, click the Merge Cells to merge all the selected cells into one cell as in the screenshot below.
Merging cells in a table in MS Word
Merging cells in a table in MS Word

2. Split Cells in Word

Splitting cells means dividing one cell into two or more two cells. To split the cells of a table, do the following:

  • Select or position the cursor in one of the cells in a table that you want to split 
  • Go to the Layout tab
  • Click on the Split cells.
Split cells in a table in Word
Split cells in a table in Word
  • On the Split Cells pop-up, choose the number of columns and rows you want to add by splitting a cell
  • Then click OK.

Note: The cells are splinted as in the screenshot below.

Splitted cells in a table
Split Cells

3. Split Table in MS-Word

Dividing a table into more tables is called a split table

  • After inserting the table, place the cursor under any cell in a row, rather than the table you want to divide.
  • On the Layout tab, in the Merge group, click on the Split Table.
  • Now your table is successfully divided as you wish.
Split a Table in Microsoft Word
Split a Table in Microsoft Word

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What are the Merge and Split Cells of a Table in Word?

Combining more than two cells into one cell is called merging cells, and dividing one cell into more cells is called split cells. Similarly, dividing a table into more tables is called a Split table.  

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