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inserting another document into an open word document

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Frustrated John
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I must be missing something obvious, but after three hours of searching the help system and other forums I'm totally stumped on how to carry out what should be a simple action.

I have an open document (let's call it A) in Word 2010. All I want to do is insert another existing document (let's call it B) at the end of this one. Being the strange person I am, I assumed I'd be able to do this from the Insert Tab on the ribbon.

No such luck. I have searched every tab on the ribbon, and dozens of help screens using every conceivable combination of insert, add, import, attach, file, document, etc. but though it tells you how to do this with everything else under the sun (photos, equations, clip art, lines, etc.) I can't find a thing about adding other documents/files. It used to be so easy to add B to A at one time, the trouble is every time a new version of Word comes out they seem to change the name of the process (at various times through history it's been variously insert, add, import, merge) which doesn't make it any easier to find instructions.

Can anyone please help as I'm nearing the point where I'll start cutting and pasting the documents. I don't want to do that as there are some dozens of documents to be joined this way and it'll take forever. The documents are in fact old Wordperfect documents but they open in Word 2010 with no problem. I thought of trying Master Documents to do this but have run into problems trying to set it up.

Many thanks for any advice you can offer.

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If anyone else ever has this problem, I eventually found the solution.

Open the Word document you wish to insert the other document into.
Place the cursor where you want the document added.
Go to the insert menu and click on the down arrow next to Object in the text section.
Select one of the options then browse to the file you want to add to your original document.
It'll then be added at the insertion point where you had your cursor.

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Is there a way to do this so that when the source document is edited the text will change in the recipient document?

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Just thought you would like to know I had the exact same problem today (in fact it could have been me writing your review).

I have seen that you found the 'Insert Object' icon but, I work with a programme called 'Filesite' and it does not take me to any Filesite documents. For this to work for me, I had to select ('Control A')all the text from Document B and then 'Control V' it into Document A. When trying to 'right click and paste', it does not take in the formatting of the document i.e. all the paragraph numbers disappear! Using 'Control V' worked perfectly, no formatting to do at all.


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Just thought you would like to know I had the exact same problem today (in fact it could have been me writing your review).

I have seen that you found the 'Insert Object' icon but, I work with a programme called 'Filesite' and it does not take me to any Filesite documents. For this to work for me, I had to select ('Control A')all the text from Document B and then 'Control V' it into Document A. When trying to 'right click and paste', it does not take in the formatting of the document i.e. all the paragraph numbers disappear! Using 'Control V' worked perfectly, no formatting to do at all.