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OpenOffice.org Writer: Text to Table and Back Again

Ever finish entering a rather lengthy list of information in Writer file only to decide that it would have been a better choice to have put it in a table?

Maybe you have a list of names like this:


On second thought you find yourself sorry that it doesn’t look more like this:


…or vice versa…

Obviously no one wants to spend time either creating a table then either re-entering the information or spending a whole lot of time copy and pasting it into the table.

If that’s what we have to do then it’s just not worth it!

Fortunately, we don’t have to do any of that…

Writer will put that information into a table for you with just a couple of clicks.

To accomplish our goal we’ll start by selecting all the text that is to go into the table.

Now we’re off to the Table menu /Convert sub-menu / Text to Table choice.


In the Convert Text to Table dialog box choose the character that separates the pieces of data. This will tell Writer when to move the next word into the next column.

Click OK.


Text in a table that you never had to create and populate with the information.

One more thing… to go the other way – take a table and pull out the contents to be regular text in the document just reverse the process.

Select the table then use Table menu /Convert sub-menu / Table to Text choice.


Choose what you want inserted between the information of one cell to another and click OK.

That’s all there is to it… text to table and back again in just a few seconds.

~ April