How To Convert Table To Text In Microsoft Word 2007

Word 2007 Task

Imagine that we have a table full of text and that we want to keep the text but get rid of the table. We could just copy the text out of the table and paste it into a program like notepad, before copying it back to our document once the table has been deleted. The problem with doing this, however, is that we will lose any formatting that has been applied to the text. If the document was created by someone else, who knows what weird formatting they applied!

Fortunately for us, there happens to be a magic solution in Microsoft Word that we can use.

Select the table in your document and you should see the Table Tools contextual tab appear with the Design and Layout tabs within.

Table Tools Tab

You can select the table simply by placing the cursor inside one of the cells.

Now click to the Layout tab within the Table Tools tab and then click on the Convert to Text button.

Convert To Text

The Convert Table to Text window will display, giving us choices about how we want to separate the text in each cell. The best choice is often Paragraph marks, as shown in the image below, but you will have to decide what’s best for your unique situation.

Convert Table To Text

Taking the Paragraph marks option will display each table cell’s text as a new paragraph.