Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Splitting Table Cells.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 25, 2017)
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.
If you don't want to right-click for some reason, you can also displays the Split Cells dialog box by positioning the insertion pointer in the merged cell and choosing Split Cells from the Table menu.
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.
Another way to split cells is to use the Tables and Borders toolbar, as follows:
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1142) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Splitting Table Cells.
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