In Pictures: 10 Word Table Secrets

Tables are a Word tool that everyone needs to use at some point to organize otherwise unruly text and numbers. From timetables to rosters to invoices to calendars, all kinds of projects are based on tables.

9. Convert a Table to Text, and Vice Versa

If you have text in a table that you'd prefer to appear as regular text, select the table by clicking the icon outside its top-left corner, and choose Table Tools > Layout > Convert to Text. When prompted, choose to separate the text using paragraph marks, tabs, or some other character, and click OK. Word will remove the table and convert the data.

Word also allows you to perform the opposite conversion. Select the text and click Insert > Table > Convert Text to Table. Choose the number of columns, and let Word automatically select the number of rows. Indicate whether to separate the text at paragraphs, tabs, or another character, and click OK. You can rearrange the data once it is in the table.

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