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How to Merge Word Documents

We show you how to merge or combine two Word documents with the insert object tool in your ribbon.


When most people want to combine Word documents, their go-to is the tried and tested copy and paste. However, you may be surprised to hear that there's a better way of doing things. We're going to show you how to merge two Word documents quickly and efficiently.

The method outlined below should work on any modern version of Word. The beauty of it is that it will keep all your formatting intact, and you won't even need to open the other document to do it.

If you're on an old version of Word, this should still work. However, you may see some minor changes in things like iconography and layout. Without further ado, here's how you can merge Word files with ease:

How to Merge Two Word Documents

The process to combine Word files is very simple once you know how. Unfortunately, the option is a little tucked away. Here's where you can find it:

  1. Switch to the “Insert” tab and import your text from a file

    In the “Insert” tab of your Microsft Word ribbon, click on “Text” on the right-hand side and select “Object > Text from File…”.

    Windows 10 - Word - Insert - Text - Object - Text From File

  2. Browse to your Word document, select, it and press “Insert”

    The text and images will be instantly merged with your current document. You can repeat this process with any additional documents that you'd like.

    Windows 10 - Word - Insert - Text - Object - Text From File - Select the Doc - Insert

How to Remove or Clear Formatting in Word

That's all there is to it. You now know how to merge documents in Word. Now that you've done so, you may realise that you didn't format both documents identically. To fix that, you can follow our guide on how to remove or clear formatting in Word. If, meanwhile, you're having problems referencing parts of your now-longer document, you can add line numbers in Word.

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Ryan has had a passion for gaming and technology since early childhood. Fusing the skills from his Creative Writing and Publishing degree with profound technical knowledge, he enjoys covering news about Microsoft. As an avid writer, he is also working on his debut novel.

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