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Table to Text in Microsoft Word
You might have had this happen to you: someone sends a file with data that you need. You open it up and realize the formatting is off. It€s in a table, along with columns of other data, and you need a bulleted list. You realize you€re going to have to copy and paste or retype all the information you need.
Another scenario is that you€re putting together data, but you€ve just tabbed from one €column€ to another. Maybe you have a list of items separated by commas. Then you realize that what you€re working on is becoming much longer than you had thought and needs to be in a table. Time to redo it all?
Microsoft Word lets you convert a table to text and text to a table. You select where you want the €breaks€ to be (columns become separated by tabs or commas, or tabs or commas become column breaks) and voila!
Take the following. . .
Each item is separated by a single tab. If you want this to become a table. . .
Depending on how many extraneous tabs or separators you had in your list, you may have to do a little cleanup, but you should be left with a table like this.
Now, what if you have the opposite problem? I was once given a PowerPoint file with a list on it that I had to extract and put in another file as a bulleted list. When I copied the list into Word, I found that it was actually inside a complicated table. That€s when I discovered the table to text option € and it probably saved me over 30 minutes of copying, pasting, and reformatting!
Let€s take our table again. . .
How do we get this back to pure text, separated by tabs or commas?
In the example below, the table has been converted using commas as separators.
And that€s how easy it is!