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Convert Text to Table

Word includes a feature that enables you to convert text to a table. This is useful to quickly display text in a table format. It is also useful as a set up to exporting into Excel.

When converting text into a table you will need to tell Word how to seperate the text into columns. This is usually done using a delimiter character such as a comma, space, or tab. For example, if the delimiter character is a comma, Word will start a new column wherever it sees a comma.

Convert Text to a Table

  1. Select the text you want to convert
  2. Click the Insert tab on the Ribbon
  3. Click the Table button and select the Convert Text to Table option
  4. Insert table from the Ribbon

  5. Select the delimiter character you are using in the Seperate text at section
  6. Convert Text to Table

  7. Check the Number of columns detected by Word and correct any inaccuracies
  8. Click Ok

Convert Table to a Text

It is also possible to convert table data into text.

  1. Select the table or part of the table you want to convert
  2. Click the Layout tab under Table Tools on the Ribbon
  3. Click the Convert to Text button in the Data group
  4. Convert Table to Text dialogue box

  5. Select the character you want to replace the column boundaries with under Seperate text with
  6. Click Ok

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