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Is there a way to combine MS Word files?

Posted on 2001-07-16
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Last Modified: 2010-04-13

I have 65 seperate word files that I want to combine in one file. Is there a way to do it on Windows 2000 or Windows 95 without doing cut and paste of each file?

Question by:theta
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Have you tried going to Tools on the menu bar and then using the "Merge" option?
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Actually it is the "Merge Documents..." option.

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I just tried it. It didn't let me select more than one file to select for merge, but when I picked one file, it did nothing to the already opened file, i.e, it didn't merge them together.

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Well heck sorry about that. Umm I found something in the help file that might work. Here is how to find the topic I found.

Open up the help file and click on the "Find" tab now when that screen becomes availble have it search for "Combine subdocuments". I just now tried out what it suggested and it worked but unfortunately it only let me combine one file at a time. :>(

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I have a utility called Boilerplate, but I forget where I downloaded it from. Email me at jeffdaniels@erols.com , and I'll email you the zip file. It's exactly what you need - I have a client who wrote a book in Word, with Way Too Many separate files, and this thing lets you choose all the files in whatever order you want, and creates a single doc file from them.

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If you're using Microsoft Word, you may want to consider creating a "Master Document". This allows you to create sort of a virtual document composed of many different files.

All you do is view the file you want to be your Master Document in Outline view, then add your subdocuments from the Outline toolbar that comes up in that view. There are more fine points to make the formatting come out right, but that's the basic idea.

You can then navigate, edit and print the document from one window, making it much easier to work with a document with multiple chapters, for example.

I hope this helps, it's not really an answer to your question, but maybe an option to consider.

Good Luck!


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leystan earned 150 total points
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The only way I know to do this is using a script. here's a crude one but it works. first, put all the files you want to insert into a particular document into one directory. Then run this script against that directory:

Dim p, f

p = <path to the document directory>
f = Dir(p + "*.doc")

Do While f <> ""
    Selection.InsertFile FileName:=p + f
    f = Dir

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theta, do you want the Boilerplate macro? It works great!

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