For most people, the quickest method for combining Word documents is to manually copy and paste them into one. This isn’t the best method for merging documents—a far easier method is to insert your documents as objects instead. Here’s how.
You should be able to do this in any modern version of Microsoft Word, even those included with the latest versions of Office. These instructions should work for older versions of Word, too.
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To begin, open a new or existing Microsoft Word document. This is the “master” document where you’ll combine all of your Word documents into a single file.
From the ribbon bar, click the “Insert” tab.
You’ll need to locate the “Object” button in the “Text” section. The icon may be large or small, depending on your screen resolution.
Press the downward-pointing arrow next to the “Object” button and then click the “Text from File” option in the drop-down menu that appears.
In the “Insert File” selection box, locate the first Word document you want to add to your open document.
Select the file and then click the “Insert” button to add it to your document.
The contents of the selected Word document will be combined with your open document.
If it’s a new document, the contents will appear from the beginning. If you’re merging Word files into an existing document, the contents of your inserted files will appear below any existing content.
There are no limitations to this process—you can repeat these steps to combine as many Word documents as you like.
You’ll need to think about the order of your final document before you merge multiple documents, however. In the example below, several Word documents have been named with the endings A, B, and C to clarify the order of insertion.
Merging multiple documents using the same Word format should mean your formatting, images, and other content move across to the new document, but double-check that this is the case when the merge process has been completed.
If you’re moving from a DOC to a DOCX file, you might lose formatting or other content, depending on how recently the file was edited in a modern version of Word.
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