How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

Office Tab supports opening, viewing, editing multiple Office documents in a single tabbed window, like the web browsers – Google Chrome, Firefox and so on.

It brings the tabbed interface to Microsoft Office 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003 and Office 365 (include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Access, Project and Visio).

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Save All in One Click

A key advantage of Office Tab is that you can save time by consolidating your actions! For example, if you’ve opened multiple files, you don’t have to save and close them individually; just click “Save All” from the Context menu and all your files are saved. Want to close all opened files? Simply select “Close All” and all your files will be closed.

Manage Documents in Groups details

In Office Tab, you can add a saved Microsoft Office file to a group. You can quickly open a group of documents or a group of Excel files and so on. With this Favorites Group feature, you can apply the following operations to a group of documents in Microsoft Office applications easily.

Add a document to a group;
Open a group of documents;
Close a group of documents;
Save a group of documents.

Rename Files Easily

You don’t have to open the “Save As” dialog to rename a file. Just click “Rename” on the Context Menu in the tab and enter the new file name—it’s that simple! If you want to save the file in another folder, select “Save As” from the Context Menu.

Displays Full File Name

If a file name is long, typically, the Windows taskbar displays only a small part of it, which is often a problem. However, with Office Tab installed, you will able to see the entire file name on the Tab Bar, no matter how long it is.

Useful Context Menu

Right-click on a tab or Tab Bar to access the tab/tab bar context menu. Office Tab also combines some common command items in Microsoft Office, letting you access those items more quickly.


The tabbed interface allows you to open multiple documents in a single window. Each document appears as a new tab within the window (not a new window) and can be accessed with one click. This feature improves your efficiency when working with Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Publisher, Access and Visio).

High Performance

Office Tab is based on the standard Microsoft Office Add-in Technology. It does not impact the performance of the standard application and has an extremely small file size.

Move Tabs

Tabs can be moved easily by dragging. You can switch between tabs using the mouse or you can activate a tab by pressing Alt + N (“N” being the tab order “1, 2, 3…”).

Customize Tab Appearance

The colors of the tabs and the Tab Bar are customizable. There are 11 styles for you to choose from. Within each style, the font style and the name of each tab can be changed to suit your preference (to apply these changes, you will need to close and restart Microsoft Office).

More Powerful Features

Plenty Of Shortcuts

Office Tab supports plenty of built-in as well as user-defined shortcuts to handle the tabs, hide/display the Tab Bar, switch between tabs, and select specific tabs. Personalized shortcuts are easy to assign.

Show / Hide the Tab Bar

You can place the Tab Bar on the top, bottom, right or left side of your workspace. You can even hide the Tab Bar when there is only one tab. You may also show or hide the Tab Bar using a customizable shortcut key (the default shortcut key is “Win + Q”).

Open Documents

The Context Menu contains the following options: “Open,” “Open in New Window,” and “Open Folder.” It’s easy to open an existing file or folder, and open more than one tabbed window.

All-In-One Settings Center

Office Tab has a powerful Settings Center, where you can configure all Office Tab settings. You can use the Tab Center to manipulate all your settings such as enabling/disabling the tab separately, using shortcuts (or not), displaying the Tab Bar on the top, bottom, left or right position, choosing the Tab Style, and customizing the tab colors.

Create New Document

You can quickly create a New Document by double-clicking the left button on the blank space of the Tab Bar, or choose to use the “New” command item on the Context Menu.

Save Documents

“Save” and “Save All” commands on the Context Menu can be used to save all the documents with just one click. Office Tab marks the modified documents or workbooks with an asterisk (*) in their file names to indicate their modified status.

Close Documents

The Context Menu also contains the following options: “Close,” “Close All,” and “Close Other,” offering users flexibility in closing the opened documents. Double-clicking the left button on the tab or clicking the middle mouse button will quickly close the opened document.

Customize Tab Length

The tab length can be set to automatic, self-adaptive, or fixed (the default length is “automatic”). Automatic shows as much of the file name as possible. Self-adaptive shows the file name depending on the space available on a tab. With fixed tab length, all the tabs have the same length.

Would you like to be able to switch between your Word documents with tabs just like your web browser? Here’s how you can turn Word into a tabbed document interface so you can easily edit multiple files at once.

There are many different ways you could work on multiple documents at once, and Windows 7 Aero Snap makes it easy to work on documents side by side. But, sometimes it can be nicer to have a full-screened editing window, but still be able to switch between your documents without going all the way to the taskbar to switch windows. Doc Tabs is a great free addon that lets you use a familiar tabbed document interface in Word so you can switch between open documents just like you do on Firefox, Chrome, and other web browsers.

Please Note: This addon works great in Word 2007, but crashed when you open Backstage in Word 2010. If you’re still using Word 2007 though, this is a great addon and worked perfectly for it in our tests.

Getting Started

Download the Doc Tabs addon (link below), and install as normal. Make sure to exit Word before running the installer.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

You may be prompted to install Visual Studio Tools during the setup if you haven’t already installed them. Click Accept to go ahead and install these necessary components.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

The setup will automatically download and install the needed components, so you won’t need to worry about setting up anything else.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

Finally, you’ll be asked if you want to install this Office customization. Click Install to continue.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

Once it’s finished, you’ll notice a new Tabs bar underneath your Ribbon in Word.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

Here’s a closer look at the new tab bar. Now when you open new documents, they’ll load in a new tab inside Word instead of in a new window.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

Click the document titles to switch between open files, double-click in a blank tab area to open a new blank document, or click the X on an active document tab to close it. Alternately, right-click on a tab to close it or other tabs, create a new blank document, or get info about the addon.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

You’ll now only see one Taskbar icon for Word even if you have multiple documents open. Now you can easily switch between the documents you’re working on, and still switch directly to another program to get data or run tests with a simple Alt-Tab.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

The Doc Tab addon does work in Word 2010, and actually works fine if you’re only editing documents in the main interface.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

However, if you click the File button to open Office Backstage to print, save, or open files while running Doc Tabs, Word 2010 will crash.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

If you’d still like to make use of document tabs, you can install the addon and use it while you’re editing documents. Then, when you need to open the File menu, select the Add-ins tab and click the Tabs button to turn off Doc Tabs. Now your documents will open in individual windows, and you can open the File menu as before. If you want to go back to the tabbed interface, simply click the Tabs button again.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

Whether you’re wanting to keep all your documents together in the same window or just want to easily copy some edits between two documents, Doc Tabs makes it easy to use Word in a single window. The addon worked very good for us in Word 2007, and with the workaround mentioned above, you can even take advantage of it in Word 2010.

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Last week I told you how to add a tabbed e-mail view to Microsoft Outlook. Cool, right? Of course, that probably left you salivating for tabs in other areas of Office, namely Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. How about some tab love for those popular apps?

With Office Tabs you can manage multiple documents in the same window, just like nature intended. In fact, this surprisingly versatile add-on gives you plenty of control over how tabs are managed, what color and font style they should have, and so on.

Thankfully, these aren’t universal controls: You can apply different settings across the three programs, and even disable it for one or two of them if you want.

Other than that, your newly “tabbed” Office works just like the Office you know and love–but with tabs. And did I mention it’s awesome?

Office Tabs works with Office 2003, 2007, and 2010, and supports both the 32- and 64-bit versions of each. If you’re an Office user, I can’t recommend this highly enough. (Are you listening, Microsoft?)

We have one add-in created in word long back, now we are doing some modification in the custom tab(Add-ins shown in below screen shot)

1. We want make changes in the icon(ex. U) and also add new icon for new features

2. We want to make changes in the screen tip text. when I hover over the icons it shows the screen tip, in above screen show (pencil icon displays screen tip “Create Corporate Word Documents.

Can any one suggest how to make these changes?

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I doubt you will be happy with the suggestion:
Open your Add-In in Word 2003 and change it there.
That is what I would do. It is what I have done in several instances.

Otherwise, it will require extensive, time-consuming work in vba. (Work I’m not sure that I could even do.)

I hope this information helps. Please let me know if you have any more questions or require further help.

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The other thing that I have done is completely revamp the Add-In by adding Ribbon modifications to existing Ribbon tabs or a custom ribbon. This is not done through the Interface but rather through XML and vba.

See Customize the Ribbon (It doesn’t take rocket science.) by Greg Maxey, Word MVP.
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It ought to be pretty simple, really. Even though Microsoft Word, by default, sets left tabs every half inch (at least in the U.S. version – elsewhere may vary), sometimes you need something different. Even if only for a particular part of your document. So, how on earth do you set tabs in Microsoft Word?

The starting point: Format Paragraph

Tabs in Microsoft Word are considered part of paragraph formatting, along with indentation, justification, and line spacing. So the first thing you’ll need to do to re-set your tabs is go to the Format Paragraph dialog box. In the ribbon-based versions of Word (2007 and up), that’s accomplished by clicking the launcher arrow in the bottom right-hand corner of the Paragraph section of the Home tab:

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

Click this launcher arrow to get to the Paragraph dialog box .

The Format Paragraph dialog box looks like this:

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

No matter which tab of this dialog box you’re in, the Tabs function is just one click away. See the button in the bottom left-hand corner? Click it, and you’ll be taken here:

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

Now the fun begins. This is the Tabs dialog box where you’ll be setting up your tabs.

Left tabs are fairly simple, mainly because they’re the default choice (the radio button next to Left in the Alignment section is selected). Simply type the tab position measurement (in inches, centimeters, or whatever measurement you’re using) into the Tab stop position box, click the Set button, then click OK.

An even easier way to set tabs

But what if I told you there was an even easier way to do this? One that didn’t involve going through the menu system?

You’d be interested in that, right?

If you’re more of a visual person, this method will instantly appeal to you. I’m assuming you’ve got your Ruler visible in Word (if you don’t, go to the View tab and check the box next to Ruler in the Show/Hide section of the ribbon). Click your mouse anywhere along the horizontal Ruler across the top of your document:

I clicked at the 1-1/2″ mark. Notice that L-shaped symbol that appears there? (Feel free to click that illustration above to get a bigger version. I’ll wait here, I promise.) That symbol means I’ve just placed a left tab at that point.

If you decide that tab isn’t quite where it needs to be, hey, no prob. Just use your mouse to drag it over in either direction.

And if you want to make it into another kind of tab, it’s easy to do that, too. Double-click on that tab setting to go back to the Tabs dialog box, choose a different radio button (Center, Right, etc.), then click OK.

Now, I ask you: Could that have been any easier?

Well, yes, actually, it can. (This just keeps getting better and better.) Here, let me show you:

(Feel free to hit that full screen button on the bottom right of the video player so you can see the finer details of this.)

Setting tabs for one part of your document

If you’ve ever tried to re-set tabs for a document and found that suddenly all the default tabs were gone or you’d messed up the rest of your document somehow, here’s a little trick: Select the text you want affected by the new tab settings, then set the tabs. The rest of the document will be unaffected.

What challenges have you had with setting tabs? Let me know in the comments below.

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Thank you from all of us WordPerfect lovers! Tabs was the one thing in Word that did make us want to “tear our hair out.” We do a lot of documents in outline form so the tabs change frequently and it would be so frustrating!

Thanks, Debora. The tabs I am setting disappear as soon as I go to edit a new line of text. Do I have to set them for each line separately? What am I doing wrong?

If you’re re-setting tabs for text you’ve already typed, select the entire block of text first (with your mouse or keyboard), then re-set the tab settings. Otherwise, you’re only re-setting them for the current paragraph.

What about when using bullet points with numbers? One thru nine are fine; then number ten tabs a wider space between the number and the sentence. How can I make all the spacing even?

I’m not sure I understand how you!re using bullets and numbers together, or even why. Can you illustrate? Are you putting in a bullet then tabbing and then adding a number and then tabbing again? I can’t envision what end result you’re shooting for here.

I shouldn’t have said bullet points. I’m referring to numbers.

I don’t see that you answered Wayne’s question. I have the exact same issue. I have a document with numbers 1 – 15 with indented a., b., c., etc. within each number. So it looks like this: 1. (a) but once I hit 10. the space/indent between the 10. and the (a) is much larger that the previous 1 – 9. It appears to be a spacing issue where there’s enough space within the tabs 1 – 9. (a), (b), (c), etc. but not enough space between 10. (a), (b), (c), etc. Any way to fix this (I’ve tried everything, I think) without readjusting my spacing between items 1-9? Thanks.

First, answer some questions of mine. After all, I can’t see your or Wayne’s documents, so I’m trying to answer your questions (on my own time, at that) without the benefit of being able to examine your document:

(1) Are you typing the paragraph numbers in manually, or using automatic paragraph numbering? Those will be two totally different scenarios that require two totally different answers.
(2) What are your tab settings (defaults and manuals)? Are they the same throughout your document, or do they differ within or between these numbered paragraphs?

If you’re putting a tab after a paragraph number that you’re entering manually, and that first left tab setting falls too close to “9(a)”, then when you get to “10(a)”, the next tab setting is naturally going to be further to the right than the first post-number tab setting for number “9(a)”. If you’re looking for a solution that gets paragraph 10(a) perfectly aligned with paragraph 9(a) without having to re-set tab settings for 1-9, I cannot help you. Getting the first tab setting for all of the numbered paragraphs far enough to the right so that the first tab space is an adequate distance from ALL of the paragraph numbers (the suggestion I made above) is the only way get them uniform.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

You can organize data in a Word document by using tables. Here’s how to add and customize tables in Word.

There are a few methods you can use to organize the content in a Word document, but one of the best is to use a table. This allows you to separate your content into columns and rows, allowing for better presentation.

There are a few methods you can use to create tables in Microsoft Word. You can insert, draw, or copy in a table from elsewhere, should you want to. Here’s how to create and customize tables in Microsoft Word following these methods.

How to Insert a Table in Microsoft Word

You can insert a table in Microsoft Word in several ways, but there are three ways that are worth mentioning in particular. You can add a table by inserting it automatically with a set size, or you can draw a table manually using your mouse or trackpad.

Alternatively, you can also copy and paste a grouping of cells from Microsoft Excel. Once pasted, Word will convert these cells into the format of a table. The instructions below should work for all recent versions of Word. There may be slight differences in older versions of Office, however.

To add a table in Word, you’ll need to first open a blank or existing Word document and press the Insert tab on the ribbon bar. From here, click the Table button.

This will display a drop-down menu with various options. To insert a table automatically, select the size you want from the grid.

Once pressed, the table will be inserted onto the page using the number of rows and columns you select.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

Alternatively, press the Insert Table option, selecting the number of rows and columns you need from the Insert Table pop-up box that appears afterward.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

You can also draw a table instead. From the Table drop-down menu, click the Draw Table option.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

Using your mouse or trackpad, draw a table to the size you want on your chosen page.

Once you’ve created the outer border for your table, you’ll need to draw downwards inside the table to add a column, or horizontally to add a row.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

You can also, as we’ve mentioned, paste in a table using cells from a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

To do this, open an Excel spreadsheet, select a grouping of cells and press Ctrl + C on your keyboard (or press Home > Copy).

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

Return to your Word document, then press Ctrl + V on your keyboard to paste the cells into your document (or press Home > Paste).

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

Formatting a Microsoft Word Table

Once your table is created in Word, you can then begin to format it. You can resize the table once it’s been created, as well as alter the bordering, font style, and more.

One easy way to format your table is by using a table style. These apply preset formatting choices to your table. To add these, select your table, then press the Design tab under the Table Tools section on the ribbon bar.

Click one of the options from the Table Styles section to apply that style to your table.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

To add your own formatting, select and right-click your table, then press Table Properties.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

You can set the size of your table using the options shown in the various tabbed menus in the Table Properties box. These include options to alter the length, width, and alignment of your table columns and rows.

To change the border and shadings of your table, press the Borders and Shadings button at the bottom of the Table tab.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

You can easily change other table formatting options, including the font, color, and other text styles using the standard formatting options in Word.

To do this, select the text in your table, then use the formatting options from the Font and Paragraph sections in the Home tab on the ribbon bar to make changes.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

Bringing Microsoft Office Skills Together

Creating tables in a Word document is, as we’ve mentioned, a good way to organize and present your data. There are other ways you can do this, however. You could add and edit images in Microsoft Word to get your points across visually, for instance.

If you want to stick with tables, don’t forget that it’s easy to copy data from Microsoft Excel and paste it into your Word document later. If you’re new to Excel, you might find these Excel beginner tips helpful.

Microsoft Word is a commonly-used application among individuals with a variety of disabilities, and is reasonably accessible. The text within Word documents can be read by assistive technologies such as screen readers and Braille devices. However, in order for Word documents to be fully accessible, authors must follow the core principles outlined in the Overview of Accessible Documents. Below are the basic steps for implementing these core accessibility principles.

Use Headings

Using good heading structure helps people without eyesight to understand how the document is organized. Screen reader and Braille users can also jump between headings, which makes navigation much more efficient than if there are no headings.

Making text larger and bold does not make it a heading. In order to convert text to a heading in Microsoft Word, you must use the built-in Heading styles like “Heading 1” and “Heading 2”, available under Styles in the Home tab.

Visit Microsoft website for more information about creating Headers in Word.

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Headings should form an outline, using the “Heading 1” style for the main heading, and “Heading 2” for sub-headings. If there are additional levels of headings within the document’s outline, using “Heading 3”, “Heading 4”, etc.

Use Lists

Lists should be created using Word’s built-in tools for ordered (numbered) and unordered (bulleted) lists. Without using these tools, a list is not really a list, which makes the content more difficult for screen reader users to fully understand.

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Note that both ordered and unordered lists are highly customizable. Just click on the arrow adjacent to the desired list button to design a list that meets your needs.

Use Meaningful Hyperlinks

Adding meaningful hyperlinks in Word is simple. Include language in your document that conveys relevant information about the destination of the link, highlight that text and right click and select Hyperlink. Include the URL in the Address field and select OK.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

Visit Microsoft website for more information about creating accessible links.

Add Alternate Text for Images

In most versions of Word, you can enter alternate text by right clicking an image and selecting Format Picture. Within the Format Picture dialog, select Alt Text and enter information in the Description field.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

Identify Document Language

In Office, select Tools > Language from the application menu to define the default language. To define a different language for part of the document, select each foreign language individually, then select Tools > Language to define the language for each.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

NOTE: Currently language settings only effect accessibility of the Word document itself. They do not survive when exported to PDF. If PDF is the final format in which you intend to distribute your document, you will need to define language in the PDF directly using Adobe Acrobat Pro. For help see Fixing Inaccessible PDFs Using Acrobat Pro.

Use Tables Wisely

Word has limitations when it comes to making tables accessible. As explained in the Overview of Accessible Documents, tables can be very difficult for screen reader users to understand unless they include markup that explicitly defines the relationships between all the parts (e.g., headers and data cells). For a simple table with one row of column headers and no nested rows or columns, Word is up to the task. However, more complex tables can only be made accessible within HTML or Adobe PDF (accessible table markup can be added to the PDF using Adobe Acrobat Pro).

Often complex tables can be simplified by breaking them into multiple simple tables with a heading above each.

For simple tables, the only step necessary for accessibility is to identify which row contains the column headers. To do this in Word, select that row (Table > Select > Row), then right click the row and select “Table Properties”. This brings up the Table Properties dialog. In this dialog, click the Row tab, and check the checkbox that says “Repeat as header row at the top of each page”.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

In addition, when creating a table two new tabs will appear in the ribbon. Selecting the Design tab will reveal the Table Styles Option group where you can define your Header Row.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

Visit Microsoft website for more information about creating Accessible Tables.

Use the Accessibility Checker

Microsoft products have a built-in accessibility checker which can help the document author test the overall accessibility of the document. The checker provides Inspection Results, feedback about the importance of each item, and tips on how to repair issues.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

Exporting to PDF, Understand How to Preserve Accessibility

There are right ways and wrong ways to export to PDF. The steps required depends on which version of Microsoft Word you’re using. For details see Creating Accessible PDFs from Microsoft Word.

For More Complex Issues, Seek Help

As Word documents increase in complexity, accessibility challenges can also increase. See Getting Help With Accessibility for available options.

There are many word processing tools available but once worked in the comfort of Microsoft Word, you may not like any other software. It is pretty sure no one exactly knows the complete features Word offers. Adding dividers is one such hidden features and you can do this with shortcuts. In this article we will show how to add dividers in Microsoft Word documents quickly.

How to Add Dividers in Microsoft Word Quickly?

You can add dividers with different methods.

  • Use hyphen and underscore
  • Using other symbol shortcuts
  • Insert image as divider
  • Insert from the menu

1. Using Hyphens and Underscores

The simplest and most easy method is to use continuous hyphens and underscores. You can continuously press hyphen or underscore to insert the divider line between paragraphs. The advantage is that you can define the length and alignment of the divider as per your need.

  • Divider using hyphens: —————–
  • Divider using underscore: ____________

2. Quick Way to Add Dividers with Shortcuts

When you want to full width divider between two sections or elements, you can use the following shortcuts.

  • Press hyphens for three or more times and press the enter key (— and ⏎). This will create a full width divider as a thin continuous line.
  • Press three asterisks and enter (*** and ⏎) to if you want a dotted line.
  • Use three equal signs and enter (=== and ⏎) to add a double line.
  • Use three underscores and enter (___ and ⏎) to make a divider with medium thickness.
  • Type three number signs and enter key (### and ⏎) to create a thicker line with borders.
  • And finally with three tildes and enter (

and ⏎) to create a wavy divider line.

Below picture explains the shortcut keys and the display of the divider on Word document.

How to Delete the Divider?

Well, you have created the divider and now is the time to see how to delete it. You may find it difficult to delete the dividers since those dividers are not actually lines – they are borders act like an underline. Follow the below instructions in order to delete the dividers.

  • Position your cursor on the previous line of the divider. If you have an element like paragraph before the divider then select the paragraph.
  • Click on the “Home” tab and then the “Border” button in the “Paragraph” group.
  • Click on “No Border” or “None” option.

This works on all Word packages like 2007, 2010, etc. on all platforms like Windows 7 / 8 / 10. This also works on Microsoft Word 2011 on Mac.

3. Using Images for Dividers

Using image is another option to insert divider image on your Word document. You can create suitable images and insert between elements as an object. Check out the collection of free divider images with thin and thick sizes to choose the good style for your document.

4. Using Default Menu Option

The last option to insert divider on a Word document is using horizontal line menu option available under “Paragraph” group under “Home” tab. However, this option varies in Word 2016 onwards and earlier versions.

Microsoft Word is one of the best programs available for Windows, which does not require an introduction. We all use it for all our documentation requirements and it is one of the most used apps when it comes to official tasks and it also caters to most personal documentation requirements. Microsoft word comes with a ton of features, and there are some pictures, which you will hardly use in your lifetime. But, there is one important feature, that you should know about, and it can come in a handy number of situations. I am talking about compiling multiple Word documents to a single document. This might seem trivial but it can be of immense use in a number of situations, where you need to append all the documents in one single file for easier reference.

For example, if you have sent the number of requests to your company headquarters for something, which isn’t yet addressed, you can compile all the requests in a single document and send it to the company headquarters, so that they consider it seriously. In the same way, there can be a number of situations, when it can be useful to compile multiple documents into one single document.

You can always do that manually by copying and pasting the content of every single document, but that isn’t a smart way of doing that. Just imagine you have hundreds of such documents and you can understand it can take hours or even days to copy and paste the content from every single document to the final document effectively, and call it a day. Thankfully, there is an easy way of doing exactly that on Microsoft Word. I will discuss how you can do that here.

So, without any further delay, let’s get started with how you can append multiple Word documents to one single word document using Microsoft Word.

Appending multiple Word documents to a single file

  • Open Microsoft Word on your computer and click on the ‘Insert’ tab.

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  • Now, click on the small drop-down menu corresponding to ‘Object’ and then click on ‘ Text from File… ’.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

  • Now, just select the documents in a particular folder or directory, and click on the ‘Insert’ button.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

  • Now the text from all the documents selected by you will be inserted into the new Microsoft Word document that you are working on.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

  • Alternatively, you can also click on the small drop-down menu corresponding to insert and click on ‘ Insert as Link ’ to insert the documents as links, which can be useful to certain users in a number of situations.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

One thing that you should not, while inserting the text from the individual documents in this way is that you should select the documents sequentially so that they are placed one by one in sequential order as per your selection in the current document.

For example, if you have multiple documents with the name 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on, but you want to put text on document number 4 at first, followed by 2, 1 and 3, you have to select them one after another, in reverse and click on ‘Insert’ to insert the text from the documents in sequential order in the current document.

You can find the order, how the texts will be inserted in the current document by seeing the filenames separated by commas. At the beginning of the document, you can find the text from that document, which is kept first in the file name list followed by the name of the other files in the filename box.

How to add tabbed documents to microsoft word

So, that was quite straight forward to append text from multiple documents on to a single document If you are using Microsoft Word. The process is almost the same on all versions of Microsoft Word, starting at least from Microsoft Word 2007. Even if you are using some other word processing program apart from Microsoft Word, like LibreOffice or any other, the method isn’t going to be a lot different. In LibreOffice, there is one limitation, and that is, you will have to select the files individually, which is kind of frustrating.

So, that was all about, how you can append multiple Microsoft Word documents to one single document. Do you have anything to say? Feel free to comment on the same below.