Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
1. Select the text you want to convert into a table.
It helps if the text is arranged into columns, with each column separated by a tab character. If not,
things get screwy but still workable.
2. From the Insert tab, choose Table ⇒ Convert Text to Table.
The Convert Text to Table dialog box appears.
3. Ensure that Tabs is selected in the Convert Text to Table dialog box.
Confirm that your text-to-table transition is set up properly by consulting the Number
of Columns item in the Convert Text to Table dialog box. If the number of columns seems
correct, the conversion most likely is a good one. When the number of columns is off, you have a
rogue tab somewhere in your text.
4. Click OK.
A table is born.
You probably need to make adjustments, reset column widths, and so on and so forth. These tasks
may be a pain, but they’re better than retyping all that text.
Turning a table into plain text
To boost your text from the confines of a table’s cruel and cold cells, obey these steps:
1. Click the mouse inside the table you want to convert.
Don’t select anything — just click the mouse.
2. Click the Table Tools Layout tab.
3. From the Table group, choose Select ⇒ Select Table.
4. From the Data group, choose Convert to Text.
The Convert to Text dialog box appears.
5. Click OK.
Bye-bye, table. Hello, ugly text.
As with converting text to a table, some cleanup is involved. Mostly, it’s resetting the tabs (or
removing them) — nothing complex or bothersome.
When a table’s cells contain longer expanses of text, consider choosing Paragraph Marks
from the Convert to Text dialog box (before Step 5). The text then looks less ugly after the