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I would like to merge 2 tables together in Microsoft Word. I have attempted to do the usual drag and drop, but I'm out of luck!

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I don't know if my mouse is the problem, but even if I use the touch pad I can reproduce this issue.

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From allexperts.com:

There are a few things you can check on:

  1. Make sure that the second table doesn't have any rows marked as heading rows.

  2. Make sure that neither table is wrapped (wrapping should be set to None on the Table tab of Table Properties).

  3. Make sure that neither table (even if they appear identical) is nested in one large cell of a containing table (this sometimes happens with material pasted from the Web).

That said, I can tell you that I once had two tables--which I had created myself, so I know there was nothing unusual about them--that just refused to merge, for no apparent reason. It's possible that the table structures were somehow damaged, and if I'd been doing this in Word 2003, perhaps using Open and Repair would have fixed the problem. As it was, it wasn't vital that the tables be actually part of the same table, so I shrugged and moved on.

If you encounter such a situation, you have really only two recourses (if Open and Repair doesn't help):

  1. Add rows to the first table and copy/paste the content of the second table into them.

  2. Convert both tables to text, then convert all the text back to a single table.

Sorry I can't be more definitive, but this is a mystery to me, too!

Suzanne S. Barnhill
Microsoft MVP (Word) 1998-2006

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this just shows how sometimes, things are made to be complicated –  Vass Feb 14 '13 at 10:59
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Similar situation I had was resolved by adding a blank row to the bottom of the upper table and a blank row to top of the lower table. Neither of these two new rows should have columns and both tables should be the identical width. Then, by removing any returns (blank lines) between the two tables, they should automatically join. Afterward, you can remove any unwanted rows.

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Quite often you’ll find that you have two tables in a Word document and you want to join the two together to make just one table. The solution is simple but way from obvious.

To do this, first select over all the cells in one of the two tables. If the table is underneath the one you want to join it up to, then press Alt + Shift + to move the table up the document so that it joins the bottom of the table before it. Keep pressing the key until the top row that you have selected joins the bottom border of the one above.

If you have selected the topmost table, then press Alt + Shift + until the top table locks onto the table below.

You can also drag one table up or down until it joins but this method is very slick. It also works on a single row so you can take one row from one table and move only it to join up with another table or to become a table all of its own. Experiment with this key combination – I’m sure you will love it.

Once you’ve done this, the tables will be joined to make one single table. If desired, you can then adjust the positioning of the columns so that the columns match between the two tables – this isn’t required but you may want to do it if the columns are supposed to be the same throughout.

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I just had a situation where my table was breaking with the cells before the bottom of the page and leaving a blank spot at the bottom of ONE PAGE in just ONE SECTION of a 30-PAGE TABLE. I did all of the checking/unchecking that is mentioned here and at other advice boards, but to no avail.

After about an hour of beating my head against a wall I calmed down and just methodically went though every option available relating to the table and noticed that in the cell that should have been broken into the bottom of one page and the top of the next (but was instead getting moved to the next page in its entirety) had a specified height (Table Properties/Row tab). I removed it and instantly the table started breaking with the page as I had been after.

So, all that is to say - another option you should check if you're encountering a situation where one cell of an otherwise-compliant table won't break where it is supposed to - see if there's a specified height to the cell in the Row tab under Table Properties.

Good luck!

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I found if I individually converted all the tables to text, separated by tabs using:

Table Tools / Layout/ Convert

to text then selected all the text and converted to tables using:

Insert / Table / Convert Text to table

that it worked for me.

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First thing I tried was checking row height - it worked !!! Thanks to the person who posted that tip.

Windows 10 Under Tables - Layout, go to Cell Sizes. Click on Row and then uncheck Specify Height and in Row Height is ... put "at least" and under Options, check "allow row to break across pages".

From a happy camper

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When nothing else works, try the following solution (works in Word 2010):

  1. Reveal hidden formatting characters (try Ctrl-Shift-8 or Alt,H,8).
  2. Select the lower table's contents (try Alt,J,L,K,T).
  3. Click the selected text; drag it up beneath the upper table's final, external paragraph mark; and release the mouse button.
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If you have two or more tables that you need to merge in MS Word, simply put the cursor in the blank space between them and press the Delete Key until the lower table comes up and it'll merge with the one on top. It worked for me with two identical tables.

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Click the button with a symbol ¶ (mirrored black P) which shows all non-printing characters (result of various formatting). Little blue marks will appear in the text.

Find one between two tables that prevents them from joining. Put your cursor next to it and press Delete. It will go away, and the tables would stick together.

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As was suggested by a proficient user whose advice I found, I used the search and find using the caret p or ^p (and the caret is shift 6) to find the paragraph break between the sections.

Well, first I had to figure out how to show the search and find pane, which was under view, search. THen I had to figure out how to make the caret symbol, and finally figured that out.

Then I figured out you have to keep hitting "next" until it highlights the offending paragraph symbol.

Then, after trying a thousand other things that did not work, on the thousand and first try, I went to the edit menu again, and hit "cut"

and paragraph symbol that i did not want (that was giving me the blank space) was gone! Just like that!!!!!

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