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Merge or unmerge table cells in Pages

Merging table cells combines adjacent cells into a single cell. Unmerging cells that were previously merged retains all the data in the new top-left cell.

Here are some restrictions:

  • You can’t merge nonadjacent cells or cells from different areas of the table—for example, cells from the body and the header.

  • You can’t merge columns or rows.

  • You can’t split a cell. If a cell has never been merged with another cell, it can’t be unmerged.

Merge cells

  1. Select two or more adjacent cells.

  2. Choose Format > Table > Merge Cells (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).

    Note: If the Merge Cells command is dimmed, you might have selected entire columns or rows, or a header cell and a body cell, which can’t be merged, even if they’re adjacent.

These are the results of merging cells:

  • If only one of the cells contains content prior to merging, the merged cell retains the content and formatting of that cell.

  • If multiple cells contain content before merging, all the content is retained, but cells with a specific data format, such as numbers, currency, or dates, are converted to text.

  • If a fill color is applied to the top-left cell, the merged cell takes on the fill color.

Unmerge cells

  •  Select the cell, then choose Format > Table > Unmerge Cells (from the Format menu at the top of your screen).

    All of the content from the previously merged cell appears in the first unmerged cell.

Note: Merged cells are treated specially in formulas:

  • Refer to the cell directly in a formula by using the address of the merged cell’s top-left corner (for example, C3).

  • You can’t include only part of a merged cell in a cell range that’s used in a formula.

  • If you refer to a cell in a formula, then merge the cell with cells that are outside the formula’s intended range, the formula may result in an error.

Published Date: Jul 23, 2019
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