Fast and Easy Way to Combine Multiple Microsoft Word Documents


Did you ever want to combine two or more Word documents into one? You could always copy and paste one document into another but that would be the long and tedious way. Use a better method instead. It’s built right into Word but like many Word features it isn’t all that obvious. Here is how to apply it in Word 2007/2010:

  1. Open the document where you want everything to be combined
  2. Place the cursor in the location where you want the material to be added
  3. Click the Insert tab
  4. Open the drop-down menu for "Object"
  5. Choose "Text from file". 
  6. A dialog will open, where you can choose the file that you wish to combine with the presently open file.
  7. Click the button "Insert"

And that’s all there is to it.

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For some reason, when I do this, all the documents are thrown on top of each other (for lack of a better description). Is there any way to ensure they simply get pasted in consecutively?

The only thing I can think of is that your cursor has been placed in the wrong place.

Oh, wait, I see what the problem is. This trick only allows you to merge one doc into another, not insert multiple documents into one. That is what I am trying to do: merge multiple Word documents, in one operation. I often need to merge, say, 25 .docx files, but this solution would force me to use this command 25 times.

Does anyone here know of a tool that can actually do this? Preferable free. It's absurd that Word can't merge multiple documents.

But where is the right place to place my cursor?

I create a new, empty Word document, then do Insert > Object > Text from file, and select, e.g., 5 .docx files, and press Insert. The content from the 5 documents is pasted on top of each other exactly where I placed the cursor. What I expected would happen is the content of each doc would be pasted in the file, one after the other. Not all on top of each other.

I'm using Word 2010, if this makes any difference.

thnk u