How to Convert Text to a Table in Word 2013

Microsoft Word 2013 has some table tools that make it simple to create and then populate a table from scratch. But what if you have a collection of data first, then later decide that you want it to be in a table format? Fortunately Word 2013 also has a tool that can help with this situation, and it is called the “Convert Text to Table” tool.

Our tutorial below will show you how to select text in a document, then convert that text into a table.


Create a Table from Existing Text in a Word 2013 Document

This tool is very helpful, but it does require a bit of consistency in the data that you are trying to put into table formatting. For example, there needs to be a common character (delimiter) that separates the data that will be going into separate columns. This can be a space, or a comma, or even a dash. But if there isn’t a recognizable pattern for Word to use in converting the data to a table, then you may have some difficulties.

Step 1: Open the document that contains the data you wish to convert to a table.


Step 2: Use your mouse to select all of the data that you wish to include in the table.

select the text for the table



Step 3: Click the Insert tab at the top of the window.

click the insert tab



Step 4: Click the Table button near the left side of the ribbon, then click the Convert Text to Table option.

click table, then convert text to table



Step 5: Specify the details of the table on the pop-up window, then click the OK button. If it is able to discern what you are trying to do, then it is likely that Word may have already populated these fields with the correct information.

specify parameters for table conversion



The result should be a table similar to the one below.

converted table



Your Word 2013 table can then be customized in a number of different ways – This article – – will show you how to change the color of a table that you have created. newsletter
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