By: Ben Richardson Last updated: January 11th, 2022
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Converting Text Into A Table format can help you better organise your data for people reading it.
It also allows you to easier transfer your data between Word and Excel, making it great for any user of both.
When Converting your text to a table, you need to first have some text in Word. Here you can see my text, under the title “Alpheius Global Enterprises”.
To convert text into a table the text needs to be in columns using some sort of separator – for example a tab, hyphen, comma or other symbol. My text specifically is seperated by tabs and has 4 columns (this will be important later).
After selecting your options hit OK. For this example I chose 4 columns as you can see from the inital data, as well as that they are seperated by tabs. For your data you will want to specify differently based on your own data. After hitting OK you should see the results immediately. Below you can see my data changed into a table!
If you want to learn more about Tables and how they can be formatted, read our guide on columns for a newsletter in Word.
Going between tables and texts allows you simply to have different types of visual representation.
Ultimately the choice will be up to your discretion but follow these brief guidelines!
You can now also convert your table back to text if need be!
This will take your text back to it’s original form. Whichever you decide, Table or Text, you can save either for later use – read our guide here on How to Create and Use Building Blocks in Word.
This guide has given you the tools on how to convert text into a Word table and a Word table back into text. Becoming proficient in these simple tools will help greatly when presenting your work, as well as when trying to move your work between Word and Excel. Try and experiment with these different types of representation to see what fits you best – but follow our rough guidelines if you are in need of guidance.