Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Splitting Table Cells.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 17, 2018)
You already know how to merge cells within a table. (If you don't know, a quick search at the WordTips site will reveal the information you need.) Once cells have been merged, you can later split them apart using many of the same methods you used to merge them in the first place. Here's an easy way to do the splitting:
Figure 1. The Split Cells dialog box.
After you split the cells, the cell widths may be off a bit from the other cells in the table, and you may need to readjust them.
You can also split previously merged cells by using the tools on the ribbon in this manner:
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (9387) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Splitting Table Cells.
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