How to Change a Word 2007 Table into Text

By Dan Gookin

You can easily change a Word 2007 table into text. When you do, the Convert Table to Text dialog box allows you to fine-tune the results; for example, you can separate the final text with paragraph marks or tabs.

Table in a Word document.

1Click the mouse inside the table you want to convert to text.

2Click the Layout tab under Table Tools.

You’re cookin’ now.

The Select button in Word.

3From the Table group, choose Select→Select Table.

Your table waits . . . to return to its original text state.

The convert to text button in Word.

4From the Data group, choose Convert to Text.

The Convert Table to Text dialog box appears.

5For shorter text, ensure that Tabs is chosen in the Convert Table to Text dialog box.

If the table’s cells contain longer expanses of text, choose Paragraph Marks. That makes the text look more attractive after the conversion.

Highlighted text in a Word document.

6Click OK.

Bye-bye, table. Hello, text.