Word Row Merging - Double Height After Merge is Avoidable?

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In Word 2016, if I merge two rows, the rows merge well, content-wise.  But, the resulting row is twice as big.  So, seems like using merge rows merges not only content of the rows but also the area.  

So, one question leading to another.  Is this behavior correct?  And, if so, is there any way to merge the contents of the rows but keep the size?  The two rows in this case happen to be the same size.

As I write this question I can see the logical difficulty - how would Word know WHICH row is the size to keep? (In my case the two rows are the same height) but I suppose the answer would be "the preceding row's height".  

Wondering if there's any way, or something built-in I'm missing that does something approximate to this?

Many thanks,

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Hi there! :)

After you merge the cells, it is actually unavoidable since the software is still trying to make sure that you have enough space for all the content from all the cells you wanted to merge.
Rob HensonFinance Analyst
Also unavoidable due to the fact that the table needs to maintain the height of the remaining cells in the rows that were merged.

If you are merging all cells in the two rows then you can shrink the height back to what is required. Merging all cells in two rows is effectively the same as just having one row in the first place.


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