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Microsoft Word - Convert Text to a Table

When you want to improve the look and organization of paragraphs and lists, convert them to visually appealing tables.


Prepare the text

Before you convert a list or text to a table, make sure that your data is formatted correctly. Here are a few tips:

  • Select Home > Show/Hide to show the tabs and paragraph marks in your document.

    The Show/Hide icon is highlighted on the Home tab.

  • Insert separator characters, such as commas or tabs, to show where to divide the text into table columns. If there are commas in your text, use tabs.

  • Use paragraph marks to indicate where you want to begin a new table row.

In this example, two tabs are inserted in the text to create a three-column table and one paragraph mark is inserted to create a second row.

Text to convert to table

Create the table

  1. Select the text that you want to convert to a table.

  2. Select Insert > Table and then select Convert Text to Table.

    The Convert Text to Table option is highlighted on the Insert tab.

  3. Set the column width:

    • To set a custom width for all columns, select Fixed column width and select a number from the list.

    • To resize the columns to fit the text, select AutoFit to contents.

    • To resize the table to fit the width of the available space, select AutoFit to window.

      The Convert Text to Table dialog box is shown.

  4. For Separate text at, select the separator character that you used in the text.

  5. Select OK.

Here’s the example text after it’s been converted to a table.

Table

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Keywords:microsoft word covert table paragraph office 365 document edit   Doc ID:79520
Owner:John B.Group:New Mexico State University
Created:2018-01-22 10:05 MDTUpdated:2018-05-23 15:01 MDT
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