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How to Convert text to a Table in Microsoft Word

Posted by Roger Hyttinen on

A handy feature in Microsoft Word is the ability to create a table from existing text. This saves the trouble of having to retype it should you wish it in table format. To convert text to a table, first select the text, click the Table button on the Insert Ribbon and click Convert Text to Table. Then, choose the number of columns you want your table to have and how the data is separated (comma, tab, paragraph or other).

convert text to table dialog box

Quick Guide: To Convert Text to a Table

  1. Select the text that you want to convert to a table.
  2. Click the Insert tab on the Ribbon.
  3. Click the Table button on the Tables group.
  4. Click Convert Text to Table from the menu.

    Table button menu

  5. Enter the number of columns.
  6. Select the desired AutoFit behavior radio button.
  7. Under the Separate text at area, choose how to separate the columns of your data.

    Select how to separate text

  8. Click OK when finished.

Tip: You can also convert a table to text by selecting the table, clicking the contextual Layout Ribbon, and then clicking the Convert to Text button.


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