How to Merge Files Into One Word Document

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Microsoft Word is a word processing program packaged in the Microsoft Office suite of software. You can use Word to create letters, reports and other original documents. If you need to merge the text of multiple Word documents into one document, you do not have to copy and paste the text. Simply use Word's built-in menu commands to insert text from any document into another.

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Instructions

    Word 2003

  1. 1

    Open the Word document you would like to use as the base. It is into this document that others will be inserted.

  2. 2

    Activate your cursor on the spot in the Word document where you would like to insert the new text.

  3. 3

    Click "Insert" from the top toolbar, then choose "File."

  4. 4

    Browse your computer's files until you find the Word document you would like to insert into the current document.

  5. 5

    Double-click the document you want to insert. The contents will appear, beginning in the space where you placed your cursor.

  6. 6

    Repeat steps with any other files you would like to merge into the new document.

  7. 7

    Save all of the text from the merged files as one document under the specifications of your choice.

    Word 2007

  1. 1

    Open the Word document you would like to use as the base. It is into this document that others will be inserted.

  2. 2

    Activate your cursor on the spot in the Word document where you would like to insert the new text.

  3. 3

    Select the "Insert" tab at the top of the window.

  4. 4

    Click the triangle next to "Object" and choose "Text from File."

  5. 5

    Browse your computer's files until you find the Word document you would like to insert into the current document.

  6. 6

    Double-click the document you want to insert. The contents will appear, beginning in the space where you placed your cursor.

  7. 7

    Repeat steps with any other files you would like to merge into the new document.

  8. 8

    Save all of the text from the merged files as one document under the specifications of your choice.

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