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Special Edition Using Microsoft® Word 2000 by Bill Camarda

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Converting Text to Tables

Sometimes you might need to convert text into a table format, or the other way around. For example:

  • You might have an old table created using tabs; you now want to revise it, and it is easier to make the revisions by using tables.

  • You might have a print merge or database file that was created or exported in tab-delimited or comma-delimited format.

  • You might have text that you decide would simply look better in table format.

To create a table using existing text, first make sure the text contains a separator character Word can use to identify where it should start new table cells and rows. It's common for documents to use tabs or commas in locations where you'll want new cells; and to use paragraph marks in locations where ...

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