There are a couple of reasons you would want to combine, or merge, two Word documents. Maybe you have a large document you want to create that uses several different smaller documents. If you want to combine several documents to create a single document, you can simply start with the document that will come first, then copy and paste the contents of other documents after that text, either by hitting ENTER to move to a new line or creating a PAGE BREAK and pasting in the copied text. This works if you are combining several different documents into one without any changes needing to be incorporated. To match the formatting, you can go to the EDIT menus and choose PASTE AND MATCH FORMATTING,

 

What if, however, you want to merge two documents that have been edited using the markup feature in Word? Here’s how you compare two documents.

 

1. Open one of the two versions of the document that you want to compare.


2. On the Tools menu, point to Track Changes, and then click Compare Documents.


3. In the Original document list, select the original document.


4. In the Revised document list, browse to the other version and click OK.


5. Switch from the revised copy are merged into a new copy that is based on the original version of the document. The original copy remains untouched. Revision marks show any differences introduced by the revised copy of the document.

 

Once you’ve compared the two documents you want to merge to ensure everything is right, it’s time to combine (merge) those documents so they become one, with all of the changes in each document incorporated into one clean document. Here’s how:

 

1. Open one of the two versions of the document that you want to merge.


2. On the Tools menu, click Combine Documents.


3. In the Original document list, select one version of the document.


4. In the Revised document list, browse to the second version of the document and click OK.

 

Changes from the revised copy are merged into a new copy that is based on the original version of the document. The original copy remains untouched. Revision marks show any differences introduced by the revised copy of the document.

 

Now you know how to combine Word documents on a Mac. How you choose to combine, or merge, two documents on a Mac really depends on what you are trying to do.