Convert a table to text or vice versa

Do any of the following:

Convert a table to text

  1. On the View menu, click Print Layout.

  2. In the table, select any consecutive rows that you want to convert to paragraphs.

  3. Click the Table Layout tab, and then under Data, click Convert to Text.

    Table Layout tab, Data group

Convert text to a table

Word begins new rows at paragraph marks and new columns at separator characters (tabs or commas, for example).

  1. On the View menu, click Print Layout.

  2. Indicate where you want to divide text into rows or columns by inserting the paragraph marks or the separator characters that you want.

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

  4. On the Table menu, point to Convert, and then click Convert Text to Table.

  5. Select the options that you want.

See also

Add or delete rows or columns in a table

Show or hide gridlines for all tables in a document

Add or change borders in a table

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