I have several large (300k - 400k) documents in Google Docs. I would like to combine them into a single document. However, when I try Copy & Paste to do this, it takes ages (because the data is going via the clipboard on my computer), and anyway the formatting goes wrong where it hits a numbered list.

Is there a way to concatenate Google docs without having to Copy & Paste?

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    Download copies to your local computer and you can do this from the CLI painlessly. When satisfied re-upload final compilation document.
    – Chris
    Commented Nov 24, 2010 at 18:05
  • In fact, I started with a single large Word doc, which I couldn't upload because it was too big. I split it into 6 smaller files and uploaded them all. Now I want to put it back together again. The fundamental problem is that the docs are on Google's servers, but the clipboard is on my PC. Commented Nov 26, 2010 at 10:23
  • If you are in PowerPoint and click File, then click Insert Slides and you can select the presentation you want to import to the presentation you are already editing! So simple!
    – user23468
    Commented Aug 18, 2012 at 15:54

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You could Drawloop in the Google document marketplace. I know you can merge many docs into one.

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    any ideas how documents can be merged via an api?
    – BenKoshy
    Commented Apr 11, 2017 at 4:48

Google Docs now has a clipboard "in the cloud", which means it solves the problem of having to download it to your PC first.

It's called the web or Server Clipboard enter image description here and it works in the same way as normal copy and paste, except it's on their server side.

  • That's very useful to know. Unfortunately it doesn't seem to want to copy whole documents. I must be bumping into a size restriction. Commented Jan 26, 2011 at 22:13
  • Indeed, perhaps try selection smaller sections at a time to be copied to the web clipboard? Commented Jan 28, 2011 at 9:22

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