Create and format tables

Convert a table to text

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If you enter text into a table and later change your mind about that formatting, convert the table to paragraphs.

Convert a table to text

  1. Select the rows or table you want to convert.

  2. Under the Table Tools tab, select the Layout tab.

  3. Select Convert to Text.

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

  4. Select what you want to separate the text with: Paragraph marks, Tabs, Commas, or Other.

  5. Select OK.

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Convert text to a table or a table to text

Convert text to a table or a table to text in Word 2016 for Mac

If you wanted to turn your table into text, it's a simple matter of selecting what you want to convert.

For example, if I wanted all of these rows and columns turned into regular text, I select them, go to the Layout tab, and Convert to Text.

If you want the entire table to be converted, click anywhere in the table, click the little icon in the top left corner for selecting an entire table, and then click Convert to Text.

When you do that, you get to choose how you're going to separate the different columns.

Because we won't have real rows and columns, we'll have hard returns and something separating our content into columns, you get to choose if it's going to be tabs, maybe commas would be good, or something else.

By choosing Other, you get to choose the character that's going to separate them, but with Tabs, we get a little bit of separation, I like that.

Paragraph marks represent those hard returns, that's another option, so click OK.

And there you have it.

What was a nicely formatted table is regular text now separated by tab stops, and you can see on the ruler, those tab stops and where they appear.

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