How to Convert MS Word Tables into ‘Plain Text’


Let’s say you have a table that you want to convert back into text. How do you do it?

I write technical documents for a living. Part of my work is extracting text from excel files and other documents where technical information is located. Sometimes this is text inside tables that I need to get out and reformat. What’s the quickest way to do this?

1.    Open Word and select the Table you want to convert to Text.

2.    When you do this, the Layout tab appears in the ribbon.
Convert table to text MS Word
3.    Click the Layout tab

4.    Click Convert to Text.

The table is magically converted into unformatted text where you can play with it.

If you want to convert the text back into a table, click CTRL + Z.