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Out of the Table and into the Document

Thursday, October 18th, 2007 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help, MS Word
 
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Out of the Table and into the Document

Have some information in an MS Word table you need to get out of the table and into your document, just as plain old text?

I bet you’re dreading the thought of the old copy/paste routine to get all of that information out of the cells.

Interested in a quick and easy way to get that information out of the table with no copy/paste needed?

Yeah, I was too! I’m always looking for a way to make my work go a little smoother. So, here’s the deal:

In older versions of MS Word:

  • Highlight the table (or the part of the table) you want to convert to plain old text.

  • Next, go to the Table menu, Convert submenu, Table to text choice.

  • A window will then open, giving you a choice as to how you want the information from the cells to be separated when it comes out of the table.



  • Make a choice and click OK.

Now, for those of you with the newest version of Word:

In MS Word 2007:

  • Highlight the table (or the part of the table) you want to convert to plain old text.

  • Under Table Tools, you’re looking for the Layout ribbon.



  • Next, click the Convert to Text button.



  • A window will then open, giving you a choice as to how you want the information from the cells to be separated when it comes out of the table.



  • Make a choice and click OK.

And just like that, your information is out of the table and into your document as text that is ready for formatting, sorting or whatever you need to do!

~ April

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