How to Split and Merge Cells in Microsoft Word

By Contributor

Updated May 11, 2020

After creating a table in Word, you may find that you need to merge or split individual cells to better present your data. Merging or splitting cells can give your table a polished look, particularly if you want to make certain sections of the table more general and others more specific. Word allows you to merge any number of adjacent cells and split a single cell into many columns or rows.

Splitting Cells

Select the table cell or cells you want to split by highlighting them. Click once to select just that cell or click and drag to adjacent cells if you want to select multiple cells. Click the “Layout” tab on the ribbon under the highlighted “Table Tools” sections.

Highlighting cells to split in MS Word table.

Click the “Split Cells” button in the Merge group. You will see a “Split Cells” pop-up window. Enter the number of columns or rows you want. Click “OK.” The cell or cells you selected will split accordingly.

Splitting cells using Layout tab in Word.

Enter the number of columns or rows you want. Click “OK.” The cell or cells you selected will split accordingly.

Results of splitting cells in table in Word.
Results of splitting cells in table in Word.

Merging Cells

Highlight multiple, adjacent cells in the table that you want to merge into one cell.

Highlighting cells in table to merge in Word.

Click the “Layout” tab on the ribbon. Click “Merge Cells” to merge the cells you selected into a single cell.

Result of merging cells in table in Word.
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