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How to combine Word documents

How to combine Word documents

For most people, the fastest way to combine Word documents is to manually copy and paste them into one. This is not the best way to combine documents; a much easier way is to enter documents as objects. In this way.

You should be able to do this in any modern version of Microsoft Word, even those included in the latest versions of Office. These instructions should also work for older versions of Word.

To get started, open a new or existing Microsoft Word document. This is the «master» document in which you will combine all Word documents into one file.

From the ribbon bar, click the «Insert» tab.

Click the Insert tab in Microsoft Word

You will need to locate the «Object» button in the «Text» section. The icon can be large or small, depending on the screen resolution.

Click the down arrow next to the «Object» button and then click the «Text File» option from the drop-down menu that appears.

Click the arrow next to the Object button, and then choose Insert from File

In the «Insert file» checkbox, locate the first Word document that you want to add to the open document.

Select the file and then click the «Insert» button to add it to your document.

Select the document, then press Insert to place it in the document

The contents of the selected Word document will be merged with your open document.

If it is a new document, the content will appear from the beginning. If you merge Word files into an existing document, the contents of the inserted files will appear below any existing content.

This process has no limitations; You can repeat these steps to combine as many Word documents as you want.

However, you will need to think about the order of your final document before combining multiple documents. In the following example, several Word documents were named with the endings A, B, and C to clarify the order of insertion.

A selection of Word documents, sorted by letters A, B and C.

Combining multiple documents using the same Word format should mean that formatting, images, and other content are moved to the new document, but make sure that this is the case when the merge process is complete.

If you are going to spend a DOC file in DOCX file, you may lose formatting or other content, depending on how recently the file was edited in a modern version of Word.