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Is it really not possible to merge cells with Google Docs Document?

I have a table like this:

| A | B | C |
| D |   E   |

Is this possible with Google Docs Document?

I also tried to do table nesting, but then I'm unable to remove padding so it looks terrible.

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Are you talking about Google Spreadsheets? –  Senseful Oct 4 '10 at 21:43
No, "Google Docs Documents" and not Google Docs Spreadsheets. –  grm Oct 4 '10 at 21:58

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up vote 7 down vote accepted

The short answer is no.
Here is a group post discussing it: http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Google+Docs/thread?tid=7a3c0586722d7c40&hl=en

You could edit the HTML directly but I believe this is only available in the "older" version of the Google Docs editor.

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I tried a hack, to create a table with merged cells in Excel and copy the table to Google Docs. The merge cells were then unmerged. –  David Sep 16 '13 at 8:19
Nearly 4 years later, this answer still holds. FWIW, there's a suggestion that Google hasn't implemented this feature due to a patent claim by Microsoft. –  samthebrand Jun 18 '14 at 15:49

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