Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Inserting a table based on existing content
The Convert Text to Table dialog box guesses how many rows and columns you want
to create.
delimited text
Select or specify
the delimiter
3. Adjust the Number of columns or Number of rows settings as needed. These
settings will only be active when Word evaluates that there may be more than one way
to divide the data.
4. Choose an option under AutoFit behavior.
5. Specify the proper delimiter under Separate text at. You can choose Paragraphs
(for the paragraph mark), Tabs, or Commas; or you can click the Other option and
type the custom delimiter character in the accompanying text box.
6. Click OK. Word performs the conversion and displays the table.
If you opened a .csv or .txt i le directly in Word, after you create the table, you’fill need to use the Save As
command and choose Word Document as the Save as type. If you simply tried to resave the existing i le, you’d lose the
table formatting, because those i le formats don’t support it.
The Convert Text to Table dialog box can be a useful diagnostic tool when the simple text
to table method presented earlier (Insert Tables Table Insert Table) yields unexpected
results, such as more or fewer columns than you expected. When you get the wrong table
dimensions, press Ctrl+Z, investigate the data, make any corrections, and try again.
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