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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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It is now possible to merge cells in Google Documents, just like how you would do it in Microsoft Word.

From the support page:

You can combine or split the cells of a table in a document or a presentation.

Merge cells

  1. Open a document or presentation.
  2. Highlight the cells of a table that you want to combine.
  3. Open the Table menu.
  4. Select Merge cells.

Unmerge cells

  1. Open a document or presentation.
  2. Highlight the cells of a table that you want to unmerge.
  3. Open the Table menu.
  4. Select Unmerge cells.
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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
At this time Google Documents doesn't allow HTML, by the other hand now allow cell merging (see googleappsupdates.blogspot.com/2014/12/…) – Rubén May 21 '15 at 2:13

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