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Word for Mac 2011 Essential Training

Converting between tab and cell tables


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Word for Mac 2011 Essential Training

with Maria Langer

Video: Converting between tab and cell tables

If you create a table using Words tab table feature and realize that you really should have used the cell table feature, you can convert the tab table to a cell table. Likewise, Word also lets you convert a cell table to a tab table. This document has two tables in it: a tab table and a cell table. We'll convert each table to the other type. we'll do the tab table first. You need to start out by selecting all the rows in the table. So I'm going to bring my mouse point to over here is this selection bar, press the mouse button down and drag to all those rows.
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  1. 5m 6s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Word processing basics
      3m 9s
    3. Using the exercise files
      49s
  2. 21m 53s
    1. Menus, shortcut keys, and toolbars
      3m 43s
    2. The Ribbon
      2m 32s
    3. The Toolbox and the Media Browser
      2m 27s
    4. The Sidebar
      1m 42s
    5. Document views
      5m 24s
    6. Navigating windows and documents
      6m 5s
  3. 13m 40s
    1. Using the Document Gallery
      4m 51s
    2. Creating documents
      1m 51s
    3. Opening, saving, and closing documents
      6m 58s
  4. 14m 20s
    1. Entering text
      5m 33s
    2. Inserting and deleting text
      2m 34s
    3. Using Click and Type to enter text
      3m 26s
    4. Inserting symbols and special characters
      2m 47s
  5. 27m 28s
    1. Selecting and editing text
      6m 34s
    2. Copying and moving text
      7m 1s
    3. Using the Scrapbook
      4m 38s
    4. Undoing, redoing, and repeating actions
      4m 36s
    5. Finding and replacing text
      4m 39s
  6. 24m 50s
    1. Font formatting basics
      9m 0s
    2. Applying font formatting
      7m 12s
    3. Using the Font dialog
      4m 35s
    4. Formatting with the Find and Replace dialog
      4m 3s
  7. 27m 18s
    1. Paragraph formatting basics
      9m 39s
    2. Setting justification and line spacing
      2m 17s
    3. Indenting paragraphs
      4m 37s
    4. Using list formats
      5m 41s
    5. Setting paragraph formatting options
      5m 4s
  8. 14m 33s
    1. Understanding tab tables
      4m 15s
    2. Creating a tab table with the Ruler
      5m 20s
    3. Creating a tab table with the Tabs dialog
      4m 58s
  9. 20m 31s
    1. Understanding styles and themes
      2m 36s
    2. Applying styles
      6m 32s
    3. Reformatting with Quick Style sets and themes
      2m 37s
    4. Modifying styles
      4m 28s
    5. Creating and deleting styles
      4m 18s
  10. 13m 22s
    1. Revealing formatting
      4m 24s
    2. Using the Format Painter
      1m 38s
    3. Creating drop caps
      3m 34s
    4. Using AutoFormat on text
      3m 46s
  11. 27m 29s
    1. Setting margins
      4m 3s
    2. Adding page and section breaks
      4m 54s
    3. Setting multiple columns
      8m 11s
    4. Varying page orientation within a document
      2m 43s
    5. Inserting page numbers
      2m 47s
    6. Adding watermarks and background images
      4m 51s
  12. 13m 39s
    1. Using built-in headers and footers
      5m 34s
    2. Manually creating headers and footers
      4m 0s
    3. Setting multiple headers and footers in a document
      4m 5s
  13. 18m 54s
    1. Creating a cell table
      3m 42s
    2. Entering and formatting table text
      4m 16s
    3. Modifying table structure
      5m 34s
    4. Using table styles
      2m 49s
    5. Converting between tab and cell tables
      2m 33s
  14. 18m 12s
    1. Adding borders to text and paragraphs
      5m 38s
    2. Adding borders to table cells
      3m 47s
    3. Setting page borders
      4m 13s
    4. Applying shading
      4m 34s
  15. 16m 56s
    1. Using the Media Browser to insert media
      3m 24s
    2. Inserting media from a file
      2m 36s
    3. Formatting images
      4m 30s
    4. Wrapping text around an image
      2m 27s
    5. Inserting and formatting a text box
      3m 59s
  16. 13m 17s
    1. Using AutoCorrect and AutoFormat As You Type
      9m 26s
    2. Using AutoText and AutoComplete
      3m 51s
  17. 17m 28s
    1. Building an outline
      4m 26s
    2. Rearranging outline components
      3m 39s
    3. Viewing outlines
      4m 9s
    4. Numbering outline headings
      5m 14s
  18. 26m 49s
    1. Checking spelling and grammar
      8m 19s
    2. Using reference tools
      4m 30s
    3. Inserting footnotes and endnotes
      6m 27s
    4. Using the Word Count feature
      2m 49s
    5. Compiling a table of contents
      4m 44s
  19. 17m 44s
    1. Adding comments
      2m 46s
    2. Tracking changes
      7m 45s
    3. Merging and comparing documents
      4m 28s
    4. Sharing documents with others
      2m 45s
  20. 18m 54s
    1. Using letter templates
      8m 5s
    2. Creating envelopes
      6m 23s
    3. Creating labels
      4m 26s
  21. 12m 36s
    1. Setting Document Security options
      9m 0s
    2. Using Privacy options
      3m 36s
  22. 14m 31s
    1. Setting Page Setup Options
      4m 12s
    2. Previewing a document
      2m 13s
    3. Printing to a printer
      4m 11s
    4. Printing to PDF
      3m 55s
  23. 11m 9s
    1. Using Word's Macro Recorder
      9m 18s
    2. Understanding macro security
      1m 51s
  24. 12m 28s
    1. Customizing toolbars and menus
      6m 0s
    2. Customizing Word's shortcut keys
      3m 38s
    3. Customizing the Ribbon
      2m 50s
  25. 42s
    1. Goodbye
      42s

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Word for Mac 2011 Essential Training
7h 3m Beginner Oct 28, 2010

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In Word for Mac 2011 Essential Training, author Maria Langer shows how to create, format, and print a wide variety of documents in Microsoft Word 2011. The course covers building outlines, formatting text and pages, working with headers and footers, using themes and styles, adding multimedia, and more. It also shows how to customize and automate Word 2011, including how to record macros. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Navigating the interface
  • Using the Document Gallery
  • Inserting, deleting, moving, and copying text
  • Finding and replacing text
  • Undoing and repeating actions
  • Setting paragraph alignment, line spacing, and indentation
  • Working with cell and tab tables
  • Applying styles and themes
  • Adding headers and footers
  • Inserting images in a document
  • Building outlines
  • Tracking changes
  • Printing documents, envelopes, and labels
Subjects:
Business Word Processing
Software:
Office Word Word for Mac Office for Mac
Author:
Maria Langer

Converting between tab and cell tables

If you create a table using Words tab table feature and realize that you really should have used the cell table feature, you can convert the tab table to a cell table. Likewise, Word also lets you convert a cell table to a tab table. This document has two tables in it: a tab table and a cell table. We'll convert each table to the other type. we'll do the tab table first. You need to start out by selecting all the rows in the table. So I'm going to bring my mouse point to over here is this selection bar, press the mouse button down and drag to all those rows.

Now I want to click the table's button up on the Ribbon, and then under the new menu here, I want to choose Convert Text to Table. Now this dialog has some settings that you can use to specify how this conversion should happen. What Word does is it looks at what's selected and it pretty much guesses what you want. In most cases it will probably guess right. It knows that I want four columns and seven rows. It has an AutoFit behavior area where I can turn on different AutoFit options if I want.

I probably would like to turn on AutoFit to contents. And you also need to make sure that the Separate text at area, that's down here, indicates that the columns are separated by tabs. Again, Word looked at this and it could see the tab, so it guessed that you wanted tabs. When all this is set properly, just click OK and Word makes the conversion. It's pretty straightforward. Now let's convert this other table here. Hold down the Option key and double-click on any of the contents on the table that selects the entire table.

Now pull down the Table menu, come down to Convert, and we'll want to do is to want convert the table to text. I should point out that we could have used this Convert Text to Table in the previous example. We want to Convert Table to Text, so we'll select that. And again, Word looks at what we've got and it asks us how we want to separate this information. We want to separate it by tabs, so we'll leave tabs turned on here and then click OK. Now what Word has done is it has converted that cell table to a tab table.

Now in each example the conversion process was completed quickly with a minimum amount of effort. And while you can convert in either direction, I think you're more likely to convert from tabs to cells, when you realize that a simple tab table just won't give you the flexibility you need to present information in table format. At least that's how it always seems to work out for me.

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