Everybody loves tables in Word don’t they? Why wouldn’t they? A Word table is a wonderful tool to organize your data and they are easy to create and format. A lot of folks like to convert their existing text data to a table format. I have gotten lots and lots of e-mail queries from readers telling me they cannot find this feature in the latest versions of Word.
Trust me, it is there although not readily found! Follow the steps below to find it and use it:
- Select the text in your document that you would like to convert to a table.
- Select Convert from the Table command.
- Select Text to Table.
Converting a table to text is just as easy. Follow the steps below to learn how:
- Select your table.
- Select Convert from the Table Command.
- Select Table to Text.
What? you say. I do not see that on the Table Command! And you are absolutely correct! I stumbled across an article by Susan Harkins that told me where to find this elusive command. In her article she also stated that Jody Gilbert had written about it as well as James Barash.
So where DO you find it? Read below.
- The Table to Text command is located on the Layout tab. This tab is only available when you have selected a table.
- You will find the Convert To Text command in the Data group.
As Susan Harkins says, The placement makes sense in an after-the-fact way, but frankly, I think it is going to confuse people.