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How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Courtenaybactive 11/1/11 3:13 PM



How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx?
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? JJ Bloom 11/1/11 4:09 PM
You cannot merge cells in the new Google Docs. You can, on the other hand, merge them on the old Docs.
The following steps will allow you to merge cells:

  1) If you have any older-style documents that you haven't converted to the new style yet, open it and select File>Make a copy...
     • You can tell if it's new or old by whether it has a ruler along the top. Also, it will show up in blue whether or not you have the new look enabled.
  2) Clear the content of your new copy, and change the name to whatever's appropriate.
  3) Copy (CTRL+C, CMND+C for Mac) the contents of your old doc and paste (CTRL+P, CMND+P for Mac) it into the new older-style document.
  4) Go to Edit>Edit HTML

From there, you can merge the cells using HTML (see [1] for instructions on this).
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Gill 11/1/11 4:09 PM
<<there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx?>> That's because you cannot merge cells! We have been asking for this for as long as I can remember. The only (bad) workaround is to nest tables.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? jzraskin 11/8/11 8:18 AM
I'm having the same problem. How unbelievably frustrating it is to have had so many features removed from this updated version. Why is an update a downgrade? I thought docs were moving towards being a more full-featured suite. Poor show.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? CPGS 11/15/11 3:15 AM
Is this still not fixed?  Still?  Really?  How many years has this been going on?  Can I swap the unwanted changes to the look, for just the basics of a word processor?
 
Has a google employee actually:
a) acknowledged this issue?
b) stated when they'll fix it?
 
They seem to have closed threads, but I've seen no indication that this is seen as a problem.
 
How can I look my users in the eye and say we should be using google docs, when they know that Word 2.0 was better?
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Gill 11/16/11 3:01 PM
<<Has a google employee actually:
a) acknowledged this issue?
b) stated when they'll fix it?>>

Yes and no respectively.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? CPGS 11/17/11 5:48 AM
Well, one out of two ain't bad.  Cheers Gill.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? roginator 11/21/11 10:26 AM
Please sort this out Google - it's very basic functionality.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? MetroTramRER 11/27/11 2:44 AM
this has been totally disabled in the new doc-google... you have to use : ms-office, open-office, zoho.com

depending of what i do, i use zoho.com (for simple private documents, with merged cells also), open-office for more complex (company or private), ms-office when forced by colleagues, who don't have open office, because ms-office is installed by default in companies and not open-office (because, they have no idea, and don't ask themselves is something else free exists)
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Timothyjrobinson 5/4/12 10:01 AM
It's true; merging tables is a very basic function of word processor use. Google Docs can't hope to completely replace software if they don't even provide the very basics. They should make a media release saying, "oops, we totally forgot to include that in the very first version of Google docs. Here it is. Sorry for the embarrassing overlook! Sorry for the trouble." 
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? David Hiemstra 6/15/12 2:43 AM
Come on Google, this is such a basic thing, why is it not there? Please add a merge feature..I'm not sure how you are hoping to beat out other products like word or open office if you dont have the basics...
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Felicity_BB 6/15/12 3:05 AM
Merging is useful - I would second this feature request.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Gill 6/15/12 10:12 AM
Useful? I'd say it was essential! I cannot understand why it is taking sooo looooonggg to implement.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Rbelprez 6/22/12 2:11 AM
Wow!  I can't believe this option isn't available...  I don't even know how to work around it...  Suggestions?  What a crock.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Gill 6/22/12 2:21 AM
<< I don't even know how to work around it...>> nested tables, but it's ugly and clunky and there is white space you can't get rid of, as Bas has pointed out.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Sourmynona 6/25/12 8:39 AM
It's been 16 months since the first post. It's more than ridiculous when I have to waste a few hours rewriting an entire document the way Google Docs likes it just because it's not competent enough in understanding a nicely formatted OpenOffice doc with merged tables in it.

And I cannot in good conscience bill my client for these wasted hours.

This is unbelievable.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? hiemsupreme 6/25/12 2:57 PM
OK Google, you obviously have lots of people unhappy with the lack of merge features--can this please be addressed? I think everyone here is very grateful for the products you offer and are sincerely trying to help you improve them. But it is bad business to ignore them, and this is how people start "hating the man" and start believing that Google is too big to listen to their users. 

I am sure that you are addressing many issues with products, however this seems like one of the features that should be fixed right away.

Other significant issues that I have come across are listed here https://docs.google.com/document/d/1x4c0y1NHk-h4t-y80ad1OiRyKQ2oDZJw0zu2g0qA4nQ/edit .

Thank you!


Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Leetje2727 6/25/12 11:59 PM
+1 for Merge Cells.  Pretty please ! Make it easier for me to grow your customer base.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Madison_mom 6/28/12 10:00 AM
AAAGH!  So freakin' annoying!  Google, fix the tables in documents, for god's sake!  This drives me nuts, and makes me not want to use the program!  I use tables all the time in Word with NO PROBLEMS.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? st4rdog 6/29/12 11:56 AM
+1
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? junyo 6/29/12 6:03 PM
This is ridiculous, since it actually broke existing documents with NO way to fix them. Brilliant.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Brett_AUS 7/10/12 6:18 PM
Two years ago I paid for Corporate Google / Gmail and moved my entire business into the cloud. Now Google has disabled using the old docs editor we are screwed without the very basic feature of merging or splitting cells. I now have hundreds of documents that are screwed! It seems I now have to move to Microsoft office online for a cloud solution, this is like giving your first born to the devil! Can Google even acknowledge this post and whether this in on the list of fixes or not? 
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Gill 7/12/12 3:20 PM
@Brett_AUS - I sympathise. I have been banging on about the inability to merge table cells ever since the new editor appeared, I cannot see why it is so hard for them to  fix this bug - and as junyo says "This is ridiculous, since it actually broke existing documents with NO way to fix them". I cannot answer for Google, but they certainly are aware many of us are suffering from this oversight.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Buzz Identity 7/17/12 7:29 AM
Is it me or Google too often releases a product "in beta" and never completes it?  Is this product being slowly ignored and made irrelevant for additional resources?
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Gill 7/17/12 3:33 PM
<< Is it me or Google too often releases a product "in beta" and never completes it? >> No, it's not you.

<<Is this product being slowly ignored and made irrelevant for additional resources?>> I don't think that is the case - there are new features in Docs, but there certainly seems to be a blind spot where tables are concerned.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? xemity 7/17/12 6:41 PM
Yes, Google Docs really needs this feature. My first impression of Google Docs wasn't a good one as after I imported my first document into it from Word the layout is almost completely destroyed due to the contents not merging across the table cells, which results in tables having extremely long columns. The bad part is that when the document  is first imported into word it displays correctly until it gets imported into Docs.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? lm01 7/30/12 7:51 PM
The removal of the Merge Cells function is a huge MISTAKE.
I was about to introduce Google Docs to about 150 students.
My opening lesson was to be on creating and manipulating tables to create complex documents.
I will now cancel this series of lessons and continue with MS Office.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Sourmynona 7/30/12 7:58 PM
Do they even bother that they are actively losing customers this way?
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? jo_green 8/3/12 11:51 AM
 • You can tell if it's new or old by whether it has a ruler along the top.
so which one is which? 

(CTRL+P, CMND+P for Mac)
what happens to the good old (CTRL+V, CMND+V for Mac)?
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Brett_AUS 8/3/12 4:31 PM
Google is a big company with many projects and many bugs to fix? So if you want something fixed you need to be one of the louder squeaky wheels? We need to look for one of those web sites  where you can create a public  petition or setup a site. Make enough noise and we should be heard even if Google say merged cells are not coming back we at least have an answer and can move forward.  I'm happy to kick start this is everybody agrees and wants to help make our squeaky wheels louder enough to get a reply?
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Smee MCGhee 8/16/12 1:13 AM
Agreed! yeah. who's gonna start it?

Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Gill 8/16/12 10:14 AM
Brett is, he said so :-)
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Wisam Al-Rawi 8/23/12 8:36 AM
Ok, I'm in the same boat like you. I can't believe this basic feature is not there yet. Our school moved to Google Docs and I am working to use Docs to post syllabus and slide presentations online. Not sure what's taking Google to update their Docs. Come on this is a basic feature.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Seagull 8/23/12 11:39 PM
I'm still waiting for this also. And when are they bringing back the ability to move the rows up and down (or better yet - sort)?
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? San0013 8/29/12 1:21 AM
its sad.. For now though the only possible workaround is to have tables within a table with cell padding set to 0.01 and setting the outer table border colour to background colour.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Andrew13842 9/2/12 4:34 PM
I appreciate your response, but will Google ever create a real solution to this?  
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Gill 9/4/12 9:59 AM
Who knows? They've had long enough to think about it! Tables are still the Achilles' heel of Docs in my opinion.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Bruno C. Fornarolli 9/19/12 1:13 PM
And how come you can merge cells in a slide?

Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? VoltairesPuppet 10/17/12 1:32 PM
I don't think Google is the problem.  I suspect patents might have something to do with this more than anything else e.g. 
http://www.google.com/patents/US20010049699

May be wrong. It just seems to important a feature and to trivial to solve for its absence to be due to implementation. Thoughts?
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Adrian9999 10/20/12 2:46 AM
I suspect that Google plans to phase out Google Docs. There seems very little development in it. They probably feel it's not worth spending resources on a free product. They wouldn't want to state this explicitly because so many people have so many docs stored there. Over time, people will drift away as they find better products. Then Google can quietly close it down.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? cyb_ed 10/21/12 5:22 PM
This is crazy - I want to ntroduce Goole Drive to our school - but not being able to merge cells in tables is a huge drawback.  Google ..... please add this functionality as a priority. 
I have spent hours trying to copy and paste in work done in Office as part of transitioning to Google Drive... can a Google representative please comment on this feature and give uusers an idea of when the fix will be implemented?  We need it.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? benamation 11/2/12 2:17 PM
You can merge, there is a button on the toolbar.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Adrian9999 11/2/12 2:24 PM
Not on my tool bar there isn't. There probably isn't such a button on the toolbar of all the others who contributed to this thread, otherwise we wouldn't all be looking for it.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Gill 11/2/12 3:55 PM
No there isn't, not on docs as opposed to  spreadsheets. You cannot merge cells in a doc - which is crazy.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Paul Oram 11/13/12 1:48 AM
This is a shocking omission. I too am being forced back to Word to do the most basic of document formatting. I would love to use Google Docs more widely but it seems incapable of dealing properly with anything beyond some simple notes. 
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Masada 11/13/12 3:09 PM
Get rid of documents in the cloud? Not a chance. They just dealt a major deal with Samsung and Acer to have Chromebooks specifically designed for Drive.
That said, the fact they don't have something as simple as cell merging is rather silly.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? CPGS 11/14/12 4:17 AM
A year ago I posted:
"Is this still not fixed?  Still?  Really?  How many years has this been going on?  Can I swap the unwanted changes to the look, for just the basics of a word processor?
 
Has a google employee actually:
a) acknowledged this issue?
b) stated when they'll fix it?
 
They seem to have closed threads, but I've seen no indication that this is seen as a problem.
 
How can I look my users in the eye and say we should be using google docs, when they know that Word 2.0 was better?"

Can I just give google a slow hand clap for their feedback and progress on this.  

Anyone else throw things at their TV when the ad for google drive (showing it not hanging, working fast, etc, etc) comes on?

Google sheets, while not Excel, is vaguely useable,  Google docs is still a dog product, due to missing basics like this.

And don't get me started on highlighting text in such a pale colour you can't be sure it's highlighted...


Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Cevher Eryurek 11/16/12 6:09 AM
After such a long search to solve the same problem it's really frustrating to see that it's not possible :(
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? TchrDee 11/19/12 6:17 PM
Come on GOOGLE, this question was originally posted on 11/2/11 and still no resolution? We have been told we have to plan on google docs but I can not form a year/term overview without being able to merge cells on a table. Please address this soon Google.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Moss Doerksen 12/1/12 8:42 PM
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!! GOOOOOOGLLLLLLLLLE!!!!!!!
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? cyb_ed 12/1/12 11:47 PM
What progress has been made in resolving this merge cells in docs issue?  Thanks
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Gill 12/2/12 5:16 AM
None :-(
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? MoKnows2012 12/6/12 6:46 AM
 If I were at Google and a CEO I would fire someone about know. Beyond this issue there are many more they refuse to or neglect to address. Google are are falling and its likely your leaderships fault. Between you failing at such small items like this and caving to the Chinese Government censorship after they made public statement about not supporting the censorship. Wasn't the Google Corp mission state "Don't be Eivil" whoops, guess the bottom line is more important and when Microsoft threatens legal action or possible partnership in word processing you support the same old monopoly. Way to stand out Google......
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? vietitali 12/10/12 9:44 AM
Wow! Today is the 10th of December of 2012.  Today I searched for this function only to find out people have been waiting for over a year to get the same answer.

Someone should start a blog on all the things Google is ignoring.  This isn't the only one I've seen Google ignored!
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Jennifer Cronk 12/10/12 10:10 AM
I did the same, first time I Googled this question thinking there HAS to be a way to merge cells, it is so basic.  Apparently not.
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Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Moss Doerksen 12/10/12 10:59 AM
It is sad when a company puts out a product and gets a lot of people using it and then decides "good enough". I don't see why Google makes this product in the first place. I don't know how it benefits them financially. But it sure would be nice to have this one little feature resolved. What is the best way to bug Google about it?
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Jack Kleeman 12/15/12 8:39 AM
I would suggest doing it in a google sheets file, and taking a screenshot.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? weewillyd 12/16/12 10:47 AM
Very frustrating - when simple things like this are not dealt with, I would agree, it seems that the disregard means change is in the air - that Google is putting its energies in something different to be released and this will be phased out ... Why else would they also treat the old Docs users with such disregard.  We'll just have to use it as a little aside (as it is, without attention given to fixes) and either wait for what comes next or pay for a service elsewhere.  On that note, one page I read says Google's recent purchase of Quickoffice may mean a shift is coming soon ... http://www.webpronews.com/google-acquires-quickoffice-ahead-of-google-docs-dissolution-2012-06
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Mike Parziale 12/21/12 5:40 PM
What the fuck? No merge cells?
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? sachauncey 12/22/12 8:42 AM
If you upload a table from Word that has merged cells, they are maintained as merged in Google Doc Table. The only workaround I can think of is to export to Word, Merge and upload again. I agree, this functionality is absolutely essential.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Adrian9999 12/22/12 8:49 AM
I don't have Word. Are you saying that in order to use Google docs I should purchase Microsoft Word? In that case, I'll use Office 365 and give up on Google docs.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Gill 12/22/12 11:29 AM
<<If you upload a table from Word that has merged cells, they are maintained as merged in Google Doc Table.>> Are you sure? Can you share an example? Which version of Word and which browser please? 

This did not work for me last time I tried it, it unmerged the cells. 
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Ryan Gaudon 12/23/12 12:12 PM
Doesn't work in word 2010 for certain.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Ryan Gaudon 12/23/12 12:14 PM
Doesn't work in the latest version of word (2010) for sure.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Silvio Jr 12/27/12 11:24 PM
it is kind of funny that google wants us to leave MS office but it cant even merge cells on tables!
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Jack Kleeman 12/29/12 12:54 PM
You can do it in google spreadsheets and copy the table.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Moss Doerksen 12/29/12 4:51 PM
Interesting. But when you paste the table from the spreadsheet it has no borders and Google Doc doesn't know that it is a table.

Moss


On Saturday, 29 December 2012 12:54:19 UTC-8, Jack Kleeman wrote:
You can do it in google spreadsheets and copy the table.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? tarekahf 1/9/13 4:56 AM
Hi all, 

I found a silly and cool workaround !!!

In a table Cell, use Insert Horizontal Line, and change Left Indent and Right Indent (from the ruler on the top) to make the line aligned to the cell boarders.  This will give the impression that the Table Cell is split, and the others are merged.

Silly, but it works.

Tarek.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? tarekahf 1/9/13 5:18 AM
This is the sample Template to show you how to implement Table Cell Split/Merge in a silly way.


Tarek.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Adrian9999 1/9/13 7:15 AM
Hi Tarek, many thanks for showing this. However, it only gives the appearance of merged cells. The cells are not actually merged. Your example works because the text is short enough to occupy a single cell. If the text was longer, the cell would start to stretch and it would not look good.

Mostly when I want merged cells, I want them merged horizontally, not vertically. In this case, it's rare for my text to occupy just a single cell.

I think we really need Google to do something about this issue.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? tarekahf 1/9/13 8:33 AM
Hi Adrian, of course.. that is why I said that it will simulate cell merge, it is not actual merge, it is a workaroud.

Tarek

Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Jeremy Stokes 1/15/13 8:21 PM
Hi All,

After talking to Suan YeoGoogle Head of Enterprise EDU for Asia Pacific at a November summit he stated that the acquisition of QuickOffice would be used to improve Google Docs and its ability to handle formatting specific to software such as MS Word - I took that to mean that issues such as merging cells etc. will be addressed shortly. Here's hoping...
Jeremy Stokes 1/15/13 8:24 PM <This message has been deleted.>
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Adrian9999 1/15/13 11:51 PM
QuickOffice is not free.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Jeremy Stokes 1/15/13 11:59 PM
Admitted but I think it's the core functionality of importing MS Office docs while retaining formatting options that Google were especially interested in - this will hopefully include the option to merge cells in a table...
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Gill 1/16/13 5:03 AM
One can always hope....
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? tarekahf 1/16/13 6:06 AM
When this is expected to be in production?

Tarek.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? marymaryqtecontrary 1/16/13 8:39 AM
For so long --at least since January 2011, the begging of this thread-- so many have asked this question. 

It's not as if the concern is absurd or difficult to grasp.  A spreadsheet application without the option to merge cells is about as useful as a calculator without a multiplication key.  It places, not simply awkward, but unacceptable constraints on the types of tasks the tool can efficiently navigate.  
 
One can only guess at why Google chooses to ignore this. What's clear is that ensuring the application is capable of supporting everyday tasks in a professional environment is currently a very low priority.  Otherwise it would be already accomplished. 

My 2 cents.  Take it for what its worth.  No slam intended to Google's bright and dedicated employees, many of whom I've grown to enjoy and respect.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Jeremy Stokes 1/17/13 4:46 PM
Sorry, this issue is with a table in a Google Document, not cells in a Google Spreadsheet - you can merge these to your heart's content :-)
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Gill 1/18/13 9:08 AM
Sorry, your guess is as good as mine.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Don McDonald 1/23/13 10:38 PM
So after all this time they are obviously not going to help with this frustrating problem 
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Adrian9999 1/24/13 7:09 AM
No, there won't be any more fixes or enhancements because Google will phase out Google Docs/Drive and replace it with the chargeable product QuickOffice which Google recently acquired.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? JamesAlstonIV 1/24/13 7:32 AM
Yawn. 1 merged cell jumped over the fence. 2 merged cells jumped over the fence...
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Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? namaste77 2/4/13 3:01 PM
The only option I have come up with is to CREATE the table in OpenOffice, edit and / merge cells there,
then "export as pdf" 
save file to where you would like it in what ever folder,
and then go to google docs and upload the document to your google drive
YOU WILL ONLY BE ABLE TO EDIT TO WHAT DEGREE GOOGLE DOCS NOW OFFERS.  So it still does not change things, just a long way around doing so

...other than that you can have a fit 1st...as I did below... 

COMPLETE BELLONI!!!!
Well thanks a bunch google docs!...Google Drive...
Open Office thank you for being my stand by when google acts like @#$%
O-and thanks a bunch Windows 8 for wasting countless hours of my time.
Thanks to all of you for the growing bald spots on temporal region of head...for pulling my hair out.

Guess I am going to be a new MAC LOVER...just bought an iphone 5 over my droid razr max, 
selling new HP Envy Laptop for a MAC...

Time is priceless...if it is spent hours on end trying to accomplish a simple task that SHOULD and one OBVIOUSLY EXPECTS as a feature to their work life...than toss it out the window...
while your at it walk THROUGH to the sunshine, fresh, air and life waiting while you've been wasting it on frustrating options.

Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Gail Dalmat 2/27/13 1:36 AM
Great. why have a Table without a title line? Merge cells? FIrst and last time I probably use Google docs. My new chromebook is NOT Everybody's laptop. Browsing great. Keyboard has a friendly feel, but not responsive to my typing speed (50-60 wpm skips clusters of letters creating gibberish). No decent photo editing. No Netflix. What the He77!?
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Larry Armstrong 2/27/13 4:40 PM
VERY FRUSTRATING, but found an effective work around.  Highlight, drag and drop the information from a cell on the right to the cell on the left. Then, delete the empty column and resize the cell.  WALA, merged cells!
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? senorjames3 3/4/13 8:07 AM
30K employees and they can't address a simple issue like this on one of their core products. I have Word but hate using it, but guess I'm going to have to do it for this particular PRD because I need this function. I expect better from you Google!
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Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Chad Morris 3/4/13 5:49 PM
Yes that is for spreadsheets....not in Documents.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Jonathan Nonon 3/5/13 11:42 AM
I just hit the same wall... Now I have to edit my document on LibreOffice :-(
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Tracy S 3/5/13 1:50 PM
Google this is a major problem. It needs to be fixed!!!!!
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Dharmesh Parikh 3/6/13 1:14 AM
I have been  waiting for this feature since ages.. dont know when i will stop using MsWord.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? cyb_ed 3/6/13 2:35 AM
I wonder how we get Google to take notice...... Seems fixing this would win them a lot of qudos but instead they loose customers in droves.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Dang Ren Bo 3/6/13 4:53 AM
I used the new "get help without leaving Drive" feature to search for merging cells in Documents. This is not helpful.

I really don't understand how Google markets Apps successfully to schools when merged cells in tables is probably one of the top five features used by teachers. Everything school related seems to get put into a table.

I have 20+ teachers who don't take Apps seriously simply because of this issue. I don't understand. Not at all. It doesn't seem like a two-year-in-development feature.

Dan
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? DomN86Euro 3/7/13 5:17 PM
I've recently been considering purchasing a 'Chromebook', but I've gone well of the idea because;

1. you can not merge cells in a table on a Google Document.

2. I tried creating 3 tables, 2 tables with two columns, and 1 table with a single column, and thought all I got to do now is delete the space in between them, but NO, couldn't do that either, USELESS

3. For a long time now, I and many others have been complaining about the 'Shrinking tabs' in Chrome browser, has this been fixed NO!

So, GOOGLE; I will remain a Windows user, a Microsoft Office user, and a Firefox user. At least Microsoft and Firefox can implement essential and decent functionality, and fix problems their users raise promptly!
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? DomN86Euro 3/7/13 5:27 PM
Just found out you cant centre a table either, dear oh dear.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Gail Dalmat 3/7/13 7:22 PM
I DID buy a chromebook and I enjoy it for browsing, BUT-this problem with tables; then, uploaded some music into music manager--it took over a week and had to be done on my sickly old ASUS. I knew the chromebook couldn't be used to sync my iPod so I bought a Sansa clip. So far I can't get it to sync--but maybe the Sansa is defective.  I enjoy photography and have used Picasa for several years, but imagine my shock upon finding that you can't use it with the chromebook. Instead, there's a stripped-down Picasa that might satisfy a kindergartener's editing needs. Oh, also, I bought a quality all-in-one about a year ago, primarily for scanning photos, negatives, and slides, and printing photos. Ha, ha, none of it works with the chromebook. I have to buy a different printer/scanner for it? Deposit to my bank at home? Nope, not compatible with Java, which bank uses to deposit.  And the promised fix for Netflix still hasn't happened. I made several assumptions, and read several reviews before buying the chromebook---had I read the discussions here, I never would have bought it. I keep hoping they'll fix some of these issues. But there's an old saying, "Wish in one hand and s4it in the other and see which one fills up first."
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Gill 3/8/13 8:05 AM
<<Everything school related seems to get put into a table.>> Maybe they live in spreadsheets?

I agree about the craziness of not supporting merging.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? The Digital Media 3/8/13 10:35 AM
I VOTE FOR THIS FEATURE TO BE ADDED. Yeah I put that in caps.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Gail Dalmat 3/8/13 10:50 AM
So, are you using a Chromebook for that all caps? 'cause that shows dedication for your extra work (since Chromebooks have no Caps Lock button--which is one improvement I don't mind not having). lol
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? andrebruton 3/19/13 12:50 AM
This is soooo frustrating. Now they have closed the free Google Apps I'm really getting worried. Clients ask me how to merge cells and I have to tell them you can't do it any more. Clients also not prepared to test Google Apps for free for 30 days and then have stupid problems like this. Looks like we will have to move back to MS eventually... their online services look quite promising and are still free for 50 users
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Linda Paschka 3/19/13 12:40 PM
This would be a good feature to get back!
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Neil Barrett 3/21/13 11:32 AM
I am agog that this issue has been unresolved for this long. So I have to turn off my chromebook, and get on the horrible windows machine, just to make a document that has merged cells in it? Please fix this google - it makes Google Docs UNUSABLE.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? chicycle 4/1/13 5:24 PM
Amen
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Desverger 4/4/13 3:03 PM
I just want to add my voice to this. I so want to move away from using MS products and I imagine that so does Google, but how can I when these seemingly basic features don't exist? Google is making a case AGAINST the cloud, they would be better off just shutting down Docs all together than have this half assed implementation.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Hyder Khalil 4/13/13 7:39 AM
It is a shame so many people have asked for this and nothing has been done.  I regularly recommend Google Apps to new clients, but things like this make it look amateurish and unfinished. 
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Gill 4/13/13 10:28 AM
Agreed, but what can we do apart from keep hammering away?
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? senorjames3 4/15/13 9:25 AM
Everybody, I know somebody who works on the product. I passed along the information. I share the frustration, and disbelief, but I can confirm that they are well aware of the deficiency, and have been working on a new text editor but could not confirm when it would launch.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Gill 4/15/13 10:07 AM
Interesting - thank you.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? chicycle 4/15/13 10:17 AM
If you have a contact at Google Docs, also suggest the converse:  Dividing a cell.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Adrian9999 4/15/13 10:39 AM
If you have a contact at Google, please request them to spend 5 minutes writing here why Google never even acknowledges this issue? Why does Google make no official comment? Relying on "someone who knows someone" is unsatisfactory.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? DomN86Euro 4/15/13 12:30 PM
Yep, I have never known Google to even at least acknowledge a problem.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Jared Kohr 4/22/13 8:02 AM
This thread needs to be necro'd. Why i this feature still not here!?

It's a basic need...
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? pscanlan 4/24/13 12:57 PM
Adding my voice for this feature to be added back in.  Have teachers who expect features like this to be in the product.  Pretty embarrassing when I have to say "no sorry, you have to Microsoft Office for that feature".
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Ean Jackson 4/25/13 9:47 AM
ditto.  Gimme merge!  (please!)
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Ronald Laxton 4/27/13 9:13 AM
I must say that Office365 is looking increasingly attractive.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? tarekahf 4/27/13 11:49 PM
Hi Ronald,

Are you saying that Office365 has the ability to merge table cells in an online document?

Tarek.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Ronald Laxton 4/28/13 11:46 PM
Dear Tarek

It does have merge & split cell functionality.

Part of my frustration & the reason for the comment re Office365 looking more like an option is also that I have been struggling with Google Sync no longer working with my Outlook - It simply stopped sending emails last week some time.  There are many discussions re this issue on forums - seems to happen once you go past the 4GB limit on a PST file.

Regards
Ronald
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? andrebruton 4/28/13 11:56 PM
Hi Ronald

Google stopped support of it's own Google Sync. You have to use a 3rd party software, like Sync2.com to do it now.

Andre

Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Gayathri Osiz 5/8/13 2:21 AM
Hi Adrian,

   If a brand has 100% error free product, then it wont give to public for free version. This goes to both Google docs and QuickOffice. 
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? jer kar 5/13/13 1:59 AM
still not fixed in may 2013 ...

What's the matter with this, Big G ?
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Rob Cells 5/24/13 9:04 AM
yeah, sure... not
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Andy Focallocal 5/30/13 3:51 PM
crazy, something so simple. are google really not listening???

Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? jmax2 6/1/13 8:18 PM
This is especially annoying for universities that are making the switch to Google Apps.  Google Docs has improved, but something as simple as merge cells in a table has not.  This needs to be improved.  There are those of us who need this feature for research papers or other professional papers that we are writing.  It is unacceptable to have to download a document and edit it in OpenOffice or Word just to have a couple of cells merged.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Martin Boden 6/10/13 10:15 AM
For those of you who think Google is too stupid to figure this out, the real reason your cells won't merge:


We have to wait until June 17, 2018 before this issue will be fixed unless Microsoft wants to let go of the one essential that makes their product look good. 
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? chicycle 6/10/13 10:42 AM
Interesting..... 

Old iterations of WordPerfect let you do it. And you can do it on Google Docs spreadsheets.

Don't know about Open Office, etc.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Daniel Hartley 6/12/13 3:35 AM
Yeah. This is dumb. I'm downloading Libreoffice, when I shouldn't have to, just to do this. I've used Googledocs for months without having to switch. Timewasting...
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Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Chris Dowdeswell 6/27/13 2:23 AM
Why the hell don't they just pay a licence to Microsoft for this, there are plenty of patent crossovers out there, this is a pretty damn important feature to not have in docs.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? James Cruz 6/30/13 6:44 AM
And here I am, almost July 2013, and still no resolution to this! I SO want to switch over and start using GoogleDocs, Slides, and Sheets, but there's SO MUCH functionality that I've grown accustomed to in MS Office that is NOT available in Google's version that I can't make the change. Ridiculous. 
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Anthony Somes 7/7/13 11:02 AM
I have heard this term called GAS - Google Abandoment Syndrom. Lots of great idea started then, then they stop updating it and close it down. Assuming under the pretense it is not wanted due to lack of use. Well we stopped using it because google stopped making it usefull. Or stopped updating it alltogether. 
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? tammybridenbeck 7/16/13 10:45 AM
and then if you do merge it in word and try to bring it into Google Docs.  Chaos!!
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? CC Wang 7/18/13 4:30 PM
you select the cells then go to format and there is a merge button
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Moss Doerksen 7/18/13 4:55 PM
No there isn't.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Anthony Somes 7/18/13 4:55 PM
When was the last time you used Google docs?  Where in the Format tab are seeing "Merge" that we are missing it? 
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? senorjames3 7/18/13 5:06 PM
CC Want, I think you're thinking of spreadsheets. We're talking about a "document" i.e. something like Microsoft Word
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Josh Dye 8/19/13 5:23 PM
So, how does Zohodocs, libreoffice & openoffice all have this feature
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Geraint Dawe 9/16/13 5:22 AM
How much did you pay for google docs?
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? The Digital Media 9/16/13 7:29 AM
@ Gayathri Osiz: Are you saying that it's ok to put out a mediocre product?

Your comment is condoning mediocracy.  Plus, are you aware that Google Apps is a paid service?  PLUS are you aware that Google is one of the most powerful corporations in the world?  PLUS are you aware that they are following in the steps of Microsoft? I.e., Get big and fat and then sit back and relax?  What ever happened with the no evil and efficient attitude that Google started out with?

Please think before you post.

Thanks!
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? annathomp11 9/17/13 1:25 PM
OMGGGGG I would like this 20 more times if I could. This is the WORST "upgrade" ever next to Windows 8.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? DomN86Euro 9/17/13 1:30 PM
@annathomp11;

upgrade, you mean 'downgrade' ;).
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Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? xemity 9/18/13 6:19 AM
You do realize that businesses/educational institutions are paying for Google Docs and that it is not free to them don't you? There are posts from a year or two where people were asking for what's now become basic functionality in an office suite and were told time and time again that it was coming soon &trade; . What is the point of it if someone sends you a document and a 3 page document is now filled with a table that spans multiple pages with the text squeezed into one column because it doesn't support a commonly used Microsoft Excel feature.

Yes Google Docs is a great product, but realistically how long do you think a business can put up with something like that?
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Woile 9/27/13 6:49 AM
I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS IS NOT IMPLEMENTED YET!!!!!!!!! 2 years have passed!! Holy mfs!!!!!!!!
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? ruekie 10/8/13 6:24 AM
While you're at it, Google Docs peeple (not that you're looking)...merge cells and SPLIT TABLE also needed.  Thanks. Zzzzzz
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Meghan A. 10/12/13 12:29 PM
You can do it in spreadsheets, then paste it. Irritating, but it works.  
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Meghan A. 10/12/13 12:34 PM
Okay, what I said before is not valid. Stupid google gets rid of the merge. Grr.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? OmniPlex Design 10/14/13 6:53 PM
Never thought I'd have anything good to say about a Microsoft product but seems the tables have turned. 

Outlook and skydrive does everything better than google as far as I can see, so just use the outlook.com spreadsheet.

As a bonus you can use the full excel and automatically back up/ update my cloud docs.


Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Tickmc 10/14/13 10:29 PM
Omniplex,

I think that might be overstating things a little. When other competitors can offer multiple user simultaneous collaboration then you may have a point.

- Mike
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Nick Serfore 10/25/13 12:31 PM
is it that hard?
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Mary Lakin 10/30/13 1:33 PM
This is one reason I hate using Google docs.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Jonathan Post 11/1/13 10:45 PM
Let's do the following. As we can see two years have passed and no one at Google seems to care or they don't read this.  Let's open a document, add a table and then press on "help". There you will find the option "report a problem". Now report the merging problem and send it. Maybe if we will all send this report every day at least once they will wake up and start working on it.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? STV Ingeniería 11/2/13 6:10 AM
I agree with you.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Connie Weidman 11/3/13 10:03 AM
11/3/13.... and nope, not fixed yet.   wow.  Thought I'd try google docs to give it a try, but I feel like I just dusted off a 1988 word processor.  Back to MS Office....
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Steve Lafreniere 11/3/13 10:11 AM
Done
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Steve Lafreniere 11/3/13 10:12 AM
I mean that I submited an error report with the Help button. In no way have I solved anything.... didn't want to create any confusion
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? STV Ingeniería 11/4/13 3:29 AM
I open a report problem just like Jonathan Post suggest to help. 
How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Anthony Somes 11/4/13 4:03 PM
The furthest right will be the longed for merge button.

I am using android 4.0 on a not so great phone. I recently found by highlighting your desired cells then taping once in that area, a ribbon with 4 options will appear allowing you to finally merge feels on Google sheets on your mobile.

 

How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Jonathan Post 11/4/13 8:44 PM
How do you select two cells on your android? Tried selecting two cells, but this seems impossible. I think you need a mouse arrow for this.
How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Desverger 11/4/13 10:14 PM
No you don't need a mouse. I just tried it on my nexus 4 running 4.3. Simply select a cell and you'll see the cell highlighted and each side will have a little ball you can use to expand the selection to other cells. Then, once the selection contains more than one cell tap the selection and you'll see a pop-up. One of the items is a merge cell. And it works! I wonder if there's a way to do it via desktop browser.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Jonathan Post 11/5/13 4:14 AM
I think you are talking about google spreadsheet and not about google document as we are talking about.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Desverger 11/5/13 7:38 AM
You are correct sir. My bad. It's been so long I forgot what this thread is about! LOL!
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Woile 11/5/13 7:47 AM
I sent my report like you suggested!
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Jeanne Coyne Song 11/5/13 11:19 AM
This is such a basic function that needs to be addressed ASAP, especially if they want schools to use Chromebooks!  Thinking of moving away from these cheap laptops as so many basic functions are not available in Google docs and that is how we ask our students to share and work on assignments.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Tickmc 11/5/13 11:30 AM
Jeanne,

Which basic functions are you referring to, in particular? I have used Chromebooks and Google Docs only for years as a power user. No needed basic functions missing at all for me. As a matter of interest, are you aware the whole of the Malaysian public sector and education system is converting solely to Google Apps and Chromebooks? That is 10 million students alone. Of course, each to their own :-)

- Mike


Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Jonathan Post 11/5/13 11:57 AM
I agree with you. At our school we start working with android tablets and we want our students to manage their notebooks through googledocs. When these basic functions are missing this is very difficult. Now another stupid thing is that googledocs works best on microsoft's windows and apple's OS and works terrible on Google's android. I would expect Google to take care of a perfect working googledocs on their own OS system. Now right to left languages like arabic and hebrew don't work on android's app of Googledocs. It is like Samsung producing a digital streamer that interacts best with a Sony television and doesn't interact with a Samsung television.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Gill 11/5/13 3:41 PM
Works fine on a Chromebook though :-)
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? studioe 11/5/13 11:58 PM
Can Google please strive for perfection by completing their shit?
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Laurence Krulik 11/13/13 1:35 PM
+1
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Đằng Ngô Xuân 11/15/13 12:04 AM
Me too, Please fix it as soon as posible. Everyone need it. We can not move to Google Docs if miss this function.
Thanks.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Jonathan Post 11/15/13 5:02 AM
Half the world needs this and Google doesn't care a sh*t.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? STV Ingeniería 11/15/13 6:06 AM
This topic is realy a serious issue than google need to fix. Because i'am a Google fan when i convert the documents i do this whit the combined cells, ie:

I convert this:
--------------------------------------------------
|           |               Address              |
|   Name    |------------------------------------|
|           |       Work       |    Personal     |
--------------------------------------------------

into this:

---------------------------------------------------
|   Name    |  Work Address    | Personal Address |
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but, not all people like this workaround.

Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Steegle 11/15/13 8:38 AM
Yes it is a serious issue and I don't think Google have realised how many people they have lost because it doesn't have this basic feature,
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Tomasz Banasiak 11/27/13 2:08 AM
OMG, over 2 years later Google Docs still cant merge table cells.. I can't belive they didnt fix it yet!
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? A. Kaouass 11/28/13 2:05 AM
Unbelievable and very confrontating when one tries to promote the use of google docs instead of the mainstream Microsoft Word. It already takes quite some efforts because of the fixed mindsets, but the lack of such an essential feature for table doesn't make it easier. Google, if you want to do good, do it be adding this feature please.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Ty Burrowbridge 12/10/13 5:01 PM
Its pretty remarkable this basic functionality still hasn't been implemented especially when Spreadsheets has come so far. Please Google get this fixed sooner than later.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Gill 12/11/13 2:50 AM
Hang on in there - Christmas is coming....
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Bert McGaughey 12/19/13 6:05 AM
This is a joke.

Two years waiting for a string of code to bring one simple function.

I use and promote multiple Google products, but with the rise of Windows Phone and Office 365, I'm less inclined to do so for a company who increasingly ignores their consumers.

If I started a new company today, I would only ever go Microsoft.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Digi Byte 1/6/14 10:56 PM
I wouldn't go that far, its that teams fault and need to be called out on it.
or at least they could offer a reasonable explanation as to why it can't be implemented or the risks of it.
but honestly Google teams are kind of lazy.

Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Andrea Cadorin 1/15/14 8:23 AM
+ one again! Need a merge!

Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Christopher Richling 1/15/14 4:35 PM
This really takes the wind out of googles sails when it comes to word of mouth marketing for google docs.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Paul Roundy 1/16/14 9:32 AM
Really wish this was an available function!!  Or atleast that Google would respond to a 3 year old request.
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Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Jeremy Stokes 1/19/14 5:54 AM
Nope, that's a spreadsheet you're looking at. There is still no merging of cells in a Google doc.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Dan NZ 1/27/14 1:50 AM
This really makes using Google docs difficult in a classroom and yet so many schools are moving to Google. Surely it's not that difficult to address?
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Cathy D 1/28/14 3:55 AM
Couldn't agree more. As long as it is unable to create a table with flexible cell arrangements, Google Docs is virtually useless to me and the staff of the school I work at. Back to Microsoft!
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Francois Rocheleau-Lieutenant 1/31/14 7:30 AM
Common Google! A merge cells feature in Google Docs table is a MUST!
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Tomislav Uroić 2/2/14 11:51 AM
This is crazy :( I'm shocked by seeing this question unsolved so long :(
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? BusTeacher 2/6/14 9:43 AM
I teach computer apps to high school students. My new principal is really pushing Google Docs (very cost effective). This article is my response to why we still need to learn Microsoft Office. 
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Tickmc 2/6/14 9:48 AM
Bus Teacher,

Not at all. There are lots of Google Docs improvements that have been released recently. I would not be surprised to see movements on outstanding issues like this.

- Mike
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Doxxon 2/10/14 7:49 PM
Guys, this is working on Google Spreadsheets now.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Laurence Krulik 2/11/14 1:44 AM
YES!  It works!  
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Gill 2/11/14 5:26 AM
Spreadsheets yes (always has), Docs no (known issue).
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Damian Heffernan 2/11/14 3:59 PM
OMG are you serious - this is still unresolved after years!
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Gill 2/12/14 6:54 AM
Afraid so :-(
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Desverger 2/12/14 7:44 AM
Well, I'm thinking that Google has stopped all development on Drive's Documents applications. When was the last time they added any new feature to any of the apps? Seems like it's just another Google product waiting to die.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Tickmc 2/12/14 9:14 AM
Desverger,

That would be an incorrect assumption, actually. The reverse is the case. Your patience is appreciated :-)

- Mike
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Desverger 2/12/14 9:53 AM
Tickmc, I sure hope you're right.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Tarathilien 2/18/14 2:09 PM
Google Drive is a great tool for me but this problem is truly frustrating.  There should be a transparent process by which we can figure out solutions to our own problems without relying on someone miles away to rely on. 
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? lifeson 2/19/14 6:55 AM
I agree. Unfortunately, the development process tends to go this way. Development teams are under pressure to release products early, but there are only so many features you can crank out on a limited time frame. The result is software that works, but with limitations. I have no doubt the developers on the Google Docs team are working (or planning to work) on adding a Merge Cells feature. I guess we just have to wait.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Heather Pilonieta 2/20/14 8:08 PM
Your best bet to get the table you want is to make it in a spreadsheet and then copy and paste into the word doc. It's not nearly as painful as trying to nest tables like others have suggested.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Jonathan Post 2/20/14 8:44 PM
Others have suggested the same, but this doesn't work. When doing this it unmerges the merges cells automatically. Isn't there anyone who knows someone who works at Google and can try to find out how we can contact the Google docs department in order to try to convince them to solve this huge problem in a day or two?
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Jonathan Post 2/20/14 8:46 PM
Which improvements? Haven't noticed any improvements. I got the feeling like Google doesn't work on there docs environment any more.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? tarekahf 2/20/14 11:12 PM
Just noticed few days ago there is a new Google Spreadsheet version with lots of improvements.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Steegle 2/21/14 9:16 AM
On Friday, 21 February 2014 04:46:33 UTC, Jonathan Post wrote:
Which improvements? Haven't noticed any improvements. I got the feeling like Google doesn't work on there docs environment any more.

Well two com to mind from the past 3 months: table alignment (in January 2014) and image alignment. 
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Michael Heinz 2/22/14 6:19 AM
+1 to this. I'm a relatively new Docs user, and was very impressed by all the functionality... until I discovered this rather amazing omission...
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? P Newman 2/22/14 9:28 AM
GOOGLE: requesting ability to merge cells in a table on document, PLEASE!
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Melissa Crisp 3/4/14 6:53 AM
So, it's February of 2014...and I just uploaded a Word table and it removed my merged cells with no way to fix them.
Our school system is moving to Google Docs and I will have a LOT of difficulty without a fix for this!
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Gill 3/4/14 9:57 AM
I suggest you get your School tech people to talk to Google (I assume you will have a Google Edu set-up) - the more people, especially in education, who ask for this, the more likely it is to happen. We've been waiting a long, long time ..... 
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Labarum 3/4/14 10:00 PM
Hey Gill, I have been looking some more at Tables in Ddocs. I see "Merge Cell" is a feature requested nearly as often as "Different First Page Header", and at least as often as Columns.

I cannot think of a use for "Merge Cell" - just shows how we are all different, and how the 80/20 rule is nonsense. 80/20? 80% of software users only use 20% of the features, so software makers can concentrate on on the 20%. Problem: not all users value the same 20% - what is an unnecessary frill for one is an a work critical essential tool for another.

I can see a use for split and merge tables, convert table to text and nested tables (which seem to work in Gdocs), delete and insert row and column , but please tell me what "Merge Cells" would be used for?

But again the case remains: we need all those features that were standard ten years ago in business/academic wordprocessors; and we need excellent MS Office file format compatibility. Open/Libre Office achieved all that years ago.

Oh, and let's not forget the need for competent and full featured PDF management. 
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Labarum 3/4/14 10:13 PM
O, I see


A heading across a number of cells would be one use.

I have never needed Tables of that complexity, and if I did my mind would jump to nesting.

The title of a simple Table I would just centre outside the table.

As I said, we are all different, and the software needs to be over designed to cope with those differences.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Jonathan Post 3/4/14 11:53 PM
As you said, you have found about three different functions people are requesting. Meaning that these three functions are part of the 20% used/needed by many users (maybe not all) in this software. As a software a disgner I would firstly concentrate on these three functions and only than add other functions. At least if I want as many people possible to be convinced that your software is the best. The problem is that Google doesn't care a sh.t when it comes to multiple requests for improving there software.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Tickmc 3/5/14 12:24 AM
Jonathan,

I think you had a reasonable argument - right up to the final sentence which is very wide of the mark, actually. Their software updates are very much linked to user feedback - possibly more than any software I have used. See Chrome & ChromeOS for great examples of this.

- Mike
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Labarum 3/5/14 1:58 AM


On Wednesday, 5 March 2014 09:53:42 UTC+2, Jonathan Post wrote:
As you said, you have found about three different functions people are requesting.

O at least three. Traul GDocs forum for your self. A proper implementaion of Table of Contents comes up regularly with endnotes and citation management. The one that surprises me is the request for a collapsible outliner which I would put in the "nice to have" rather than "essential  for academic writing". Of course the big one is variable headers through a sectioned document which is needed for something as simple as a two page business letter right through to a dissertation or these. (It's a brave user that commits a thesis the Gdocs!

And on Google's response to customer requests I think at best we can say is,  it's patchy, given the three years many of the requests just noted have been continuing.

The hardware now being turned out is excellent and the basic OS is very sound - what count's for application software on the platform need to catch up- and fast.

Google has the resources. Has it the will?


Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Tickmc 3/5/14 2:24 AM
Labarum,

If you were compare it to 'traditional software' from Microsoft, you have feature releases of Office 97, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010 etc which makes three years relatively standard. With web-based software, features can, and do, appear at any time. Which is one of its appeals IMHO.

- Mike
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Labarum 3/5/14 4:16 AM
I agree Mike. One of the advantages of Google's approach is that they can, and in some areas have, adopted a much faster development cycle than the traditional operating system and application software vendors; thought it remains true that in some areas Google has been tardy in responding to users expressed needs.

It does seem that Google will focus on those developments that tickle the fancy of their software engineers, while neglecting the rather boring and mundane development of features like headers, footers and tables, the lack of which deliver sometimes insuperable problems to users.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Jonathan Post 3/5/14 4:47 AM
Well, it's also funny that gdocs works better on apple and windows than it does on google's own android.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Jonathan Post 3/5/14 4:47 AM
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Jonathan Post 3/5/14 4:52 AM
It would be nice from Google if they would look at these forums and write a reaction if they are working on this option or not and if so the expected release date. Sometimes I have the idea we are just writing down our frustrations to eachother but nothing happens. A seriois company takes his customers seriously and informs them about progresses decisions etc.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Steegle 3/5/14 1:30 PM
For all those requesting this feature be aware that Word Online doesn't do it either, so it's not available from Microsoft's web-based offering either.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Gill 3/5/14 2:43 PM
It might be nice, Jonathan, but it ain't gonna happen. Actually Googlers *do* read these forums; however, Google never reveal future plans or timetables, and I can't see that changing.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Labarum 3/5/14 4:53 PM


On Wednesday, 5 March 2014 23:30:23 UTC+2, Steegle wrote:
For all those requesting this feature be aware that Word Online doesn't do it either, so it's not available from Microsoft's web-based offering either.

And the MS Word Web App does not do columns either. It will correctly display an MD Word file in columns, but editing is not possible. If you are running the Web App on a machine that has an copy of Ms Word installed you can, however, at the click of a button, run full MS Word for all the features you might want. Microsoft does offer a solution.

The problem for Chromebook users is that they have no recourse to a fully featured, installed Word Processor - they only have cloud based word processors which are poor in comparison. Those who have bought Chromebooks expecting to be able to achieve the sophisticated formatting required by their business or academic department. This failure is in urgent need of remedy: the hardware vendors and Google are responsible for servicing their customers.

Chromebook users with enough energy and technical know how can work round the problem but using remote desktop to access a full featured word processor on a Windows PC or a Mac, or they can run Linux on their Chromebook and access Open or Libre Office. That is fairly complicated, unnecessary and beyond the abilities of many, especially when the Chromebook has been sold as a simple to use appliance.

I have given up - at the first hint of difficulty I just walk to a PC - not all Chromebook users have that luxury.


Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Gill 3/6/14 12:15 PM
Not quite true, Labarum - Chromebooks do have a version of QuickOffice now which will do basic editing on Word files - including I believe columns. Strangely I think it only works on downloaded local files, not those in the cloud, which seems very peculiar for a cloud-based machine like a Chromebook.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? MJR 3/6/14 3:19 PM
Sad to see this is not fixed yet, but i agree, Im in college and have been using docs and drive for two years, used Microsoft word since it came out and I will never go back that Crap !
hope google fixes this soon though !
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Labarum 3/6/14 8:25 PM


On Thursday, 6 March 2014 22:15:05 UTC+2, Gill wrote:
Not quite true, Labarum - Chromebooks do have a version of QuickOffice now which will do basic editing on Word files - including I believe columns.

Quick Office on a Chromebook will indeed display a Word document in columns, and it is possible to edit them on an existing document. It is not possible to create  such a document, and it is not possible the edit any inherited column break codes in an existing document. Quick office has been lurking in beta on Chromebook for months and has made no advances I can see. Why did they bother? It may be there is work behind the scenes to turn it into the full featured word processor needed - I hope so.
 
Strangely I think it only works on downloaded local files, not those in the cloud, which seems very peculiar for a cloud-based machine like a Chromebook.

You've said it . . .  "strangely" . . . "very peculiar". Those who buy Chromebooks are buying half finished products lacking many of the features they might properly expect since were common in business/academic word processors. Neither Gdocs nor QuickOffice nor Gdocs are fit for purpose - not of "merchantable quality".

This thread is about lack of a "Merge Cells" feature. It is only one thread of many illustrating Google's failings.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Labarum 3/6/14 9:57 PM
And I do miss the ability to edit my own posts in this forum - in Chromebook Central I can edit my own posts, and correct my typos and errors in English.

Google never quite gets it together.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Liz Pfeffer 3/10/14 12:15 PM
I'm adding to the request to add merge tables to Google Docs.  Really, it is basic and I use it all the time on Word.  I would have never created my last doc on Google docs if I had know ahead of time that I couldn't do this simple thing.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Every Other Name was Taken 3/12/14 8:29 AM
It's 2014 and this still isn't fixed.  I really wish my company were not insistent on using Google docs.  If they're going to roll out things like this and then ignore basic functionality issues for years I don't see a reason to stop using Microsoft Office.  It still gets updated without breaking or overlooking the basics.



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Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Jesse James Taylor 3/14/14 7:50 PM
There is many good things about google docs but if you work with tables they suck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? CrunchyTacooos 3/18/14 6:15 AM
We're now in 2014 and I still can't do this?!?! COME ON GOOGLE. Fix this! This is so incredibly simple, you can't tell me none of the Spreadsheet app's code is reusable...sigh. 
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? OmniPlex Design 3/18/14 9:15 AM
I know the 1st time I mentioned this, it was personally removed by a google rep (thank you for your attention), but I figured I'd say it again. Since google has failed to make much progress on it's products you can just use something that just works better. I am speaking, of course, about outlook.com and Microsoft Excel Online.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Steegle 3/18/14 11:52 AM
On Tuesday, 18 March 2014 16:15:50 UTC, OmniPlex Design wrote:
I know the 1st time I mentioned this, it was personally removed by a google rep (thank you for your attention), but I figured I'd say it again. Since google has failed to make much progress on it's products you can just use something that just works better. I am speaking, of course, about outlook.com and Microsoft Excel Online.

Just so you know Word Online does not support table cell merge either! If you move to Microsoft you still cannot do this in the web browser.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Damian Heffernan 3/18/14 3:30 PM
Hi,
Actually Office online, specifically Excel online, does support this functionality: you can merge cells no problem. This issue with Google sheets not doing it is pretty bad.

Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? CrunchyTacooos 3/18/14 4:39 PM
To clarify, this thread is regarding Google Docs (replacement for MS Word), not Spreadsheets. AFAIK, you can merge cells in Sheets. But this is simple functionality that has existed for a very long time in MS Word, I'd even be willing to say since the late 90's (but I'm not positive). However, I know for a fact I was able to do this in Office XP...that suite is ancient at this point and Google Docs still can't do this simple function...
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Steegle 3/18/14 4:46 PM
On Tuesday, 18 March 2014 22:30:57 UTC, Damian Heffernan wrote:
Hi,
Actually Office online, specifically Excel online, does support this functionality: you can merge cells no problem. This issue with Google sheets not doing it is pretty bad.

Merge tables cells in Google Sheets has been available for years: this thread discusses merge table cells in Google Docs (Documents) 
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Steegle 3/18/14 4:50 PM
On Tuesday, 18 March 2014 23:39:24 UTC, CrunchyTacooos wrote:
To clarify, this thread is regarding Google Docs (replacement for MS Word), not Spreadsheets. AFAIK, you can merge cells in Sheets.

Correct!  Merge cells in sheets has been available for years.
 
But this is simple functionality that has existed for a very long time in MS Word, I'd even be willing to say since the late 90's (but I'm not positive). However, I know for a fact I was able to do this in Office XP...that suite is ancient at this point and Google Docs still can't do this simple function...

You're comparing apples and oranges: you cannot compare desktop software with browser-based software; if you look at Word Online (the web-based version of Word) then you will see it does not provide merge table cells either, so if the beloved Microsoft cannot do it in the web browser maybe you should cut Google some slack?
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? CrunchyTacooos 3/18/14 5:06 PM
Yes, you make a very important point here - desktop app vs web-based really is apples to oranges. To that end then, I'm sorry for making the comparison. Lol to the 'beloved Microsoft' comment - they have lost my interest so long ago I didn't even know there WAS a web-based Word and was in no way making a comparison to that product as I've never even seen it. 

That's neither here nor there though. I see no reason to 'cut Google some slack' as this thread has been active since 11/1/11 for an extremely simple feature request. Now, if we were asking for table support then yes, I understand that is a complicated thing to build. Oh, but they already built it. The much harder part of having table support, allowing for formatting of the individual cells, resizing, etc. has all been completed. 

And web-based is no argument for difficulty unless it's an issue that no one has solved. It has been solved. You can do this, and have been able to do this, in Google Sheets. So, the fact that this is in a browser is not a limitation, it's listening to your users and hearing what they want. We all ask a lot of Google but at the same time they promise a lot. Tbh, I'm also quite amazed that Microsoft hasn't done this yet either and I'd love to hear why this is such a 'difficult' task. From this perspective it sure feels like there is no real urgency to pay attention to these threads. There are 231 posts by 131 unique users over the span of 2.5 years. We're not asking to reinvent the wheel where, we're asking for a feature we've all used in the past and frankly seems like a basic function of using tables. Waiting since 2011 seems like cutting them a lot of slack, please correct me if I'm being bratty here but be sure to back up your statement with solid reasons, no need to turn this into a mud-slinging contest.  
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? CrunchyTacooos 3/18/14 5:11 PM
To add on to my statement, I'm pretty sure most people here would be more than happy to accept a statement closing this thread saying:

"We have heard what you have to say and this is on our roadmap for the next release of Google Docs. Please understand this is not the highest priority to us as we have much larger projects on our plate and this may not be ready for the next release but will be out on the one following." 

I'm just...amazed that I keep running into threads like this one where it seems the community isn't even being heard or acknowledged...

Again, prove me wrong, I would in fact LOVE to be wrong on this and concede that I was just being pissy about a feature I wanted right now that didn't exist. 
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Steegle 3/18/14 5:29 PM
Oh I have mourned the loss of merging table cells when Google Docs changed from its HTML-based original form to this version that allows for realtime collaborative editing for up to 50 users (truly an amazing feature and Microsoft has only just recently began to get close to this).

I can put some meat on the bones as to why it's "difficult". You may have never heard of Google Apps Script but this shows that a lot more goes on behind the scenes. A Google Doc can be made entirely via script, including making tables, adding columns, rows etc, etc. When Google introduces a feature like merge cells then Google Apps Script also needs to know how to handle merged cells and, ideally, be able to merge cells too (I don't know if you can make a table and merge cells in VBScript in Word: hats off to MS if they pulled this off). Making a change like this, therefore, is not as simple as it appears.

I wholeheartedly agree that years have passed and you'd think by now Google would have done something, and they may have, but other things can get in the way (e.g. only yesterday there was a Sheets outage so this will divert the engineers' attention to ensure whatever was the cause does not happen again). Google could release this feature tomorrow for all we know.

Road Maps - Google doesn't do them - never has and I don't believe ever will. Why? Because sometimes Google doesn't know what it will do next as priorities can change overnight. Remember Google Wave? If you had asked me when it came out what Google Docs would look like now I'd have said Google Docs would not exist and Wave would have replaced it. But that didn't happen: Wave disappeared but it inspired a great many ideas in many of Google's products (like the real time collaboration in Google Docs we use now).

Let's hope for an overnight priority change in favour of this feature so we can see it soon. Don't get me wrong I too have moaned and groaned at Google about this feature (directly face-to-face with the Docs team) and they know how many people want it but, for whatever reason, Google has not released it.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? SS Yiin 3/18/14 7:53 PM
Maybe it's a workaround: 
Change the background color of cell to the same as cell border color

For example:

              Production


Abc

1234

Def

5678

Ghi

0912

         Sales


Jkl

4321

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Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? lifeson 3/18/14 7:59 PM
It's a sad day when you have to play with color to pretend that you can merge cells.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? lifeson 3/18/14 8:00 PM
I wonder what makes this feature so complex to develop.
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Labarum 3/18/14 9:47 PM


On Wednesday, 19 March 2014 01:50:35 UTC+2, Steegle wrote:

You're comparing apples and oranges: you cannot compare desktop software with browser-based software; if you look at Word Online (the web-based version of Word) then you will see it does not provide merge table cells either, so if the beloved Microsoft cannot do it in the web browser maybe you should cut Google some slack?

I will cut Google no slack. I am a Chromebook owner. In association with hardware manufacturers Google is selling Chromebooks into the academic and  and corporate market and promoting it heavily, but the product is not fit for purpose.

MS makes available its Web Apps on different terms - they are a secondary lightweight set of tools that on appropriate hardware can be switched out in favour of the full featured installed Office package.

Google must either make it's cloud apps as powerful as a set of installed apps or provide Chromebooks with a full featured Office package in the Chromebook firmware. That may be the plan with the Quick Office Beta which has been popping up and taunting us with it inabilities for months.

In short: no slack. No excuses. Google must make it possible for hardware vendors to sell a product with a full set of competent Office tools. I don't care how it is achieved: WebApp, Naive Client or whatever. I just want a Chromebook that has an appropriate set for tools.
niphor 3/19/14 1:01 AM <This message has been deleted.>
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? niphor 3/19/14 1:01 AM
On Tuesday, 18 March 2014 23:39:24 UTC, CrunchyTacooos wrote:
You're comparing apples and oranges: you cannot compare desktop software with browser-based software; if you look at Word Online (the web-based version of Word) then you will see it does not provide merge table cells either, so if the beloved Microsoft cannot do it in the web browser maybe you should cut Google some slack?

MS Office Web Apps supported the function before and also removed somehow.

but,MS did not change the table ,you can see  where are merged cells,just can not edit them. That's All!

Google change the table without any asking and warning! people have to download files and re-merge cells again and again and......agian...

It's been years!
fxxk you Google and goodbye!
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? The Digital Media 3/19/14 9:39 AM
I don't think google is reading this thread anymore. I wonder if we should make a facebook of some sorts to call attention. :P
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Mark Littlejohn 3/24/14 9:06 PM
No merge in tables....
Hey Google..want to buy a car off me..it has doors and seats and a sun roof...what, no it doesn't have brakes or a steering wheel, but they are very hard to implement and I don't have any resources to fix it with, I only made 15 qradrazillion dollars last year and I am busy. Listen the cars is free anyway, what do you expect? Mind you I give you the car for free because I make my 15 qradrazillion dollars from selling the advertising along the road. Oh well....we wait.....and wait.....
Re: How do i merge cells on a table? there is no "merge" button in the "table" drop own bx? Labarum 3/24/14 9:32 PM
Nice try. Yes, we need a complete working vehicle: we need a word processor with all those features that were considered standard and essential ten years ago and more.

But let me correct one point - the car is not free, many paid good money for it.

Anyone who has bought a Chromebook paid for a package that included Google Docs - and it is not in full working order.

And worse - this unfinished product is being sold hard into the tertiary education market where impecunious students find it won't do what that bought it for.

It's an utter disgrace.
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