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Earlier in this lesson, we took some existing text and created a table from it. Well that was a time saver and the same can be said of the opposite, which is creating text from a table. Sometimes you have text that's already inside a table and you want to keep the text but lose the table part. Well, no sweat. Here's how you do it. First we need to open up a document that has table in it so we can go to the Office button and Open or if you modified your Quick Access toolbar, click the Open button there, to navigate to your Lesson 10 folder of your exercise files.
Find shopping list 8, give it a click and then Open. So here's our document, we've got our table down below, all we want is the text. We don't want the table and all the formatting that goes with it and sometimes that's important if you need to manipulate the text. So click anywhere inside the table first. That activates the Table tools up here on our title bar and next we'll go to the Layout tab. You'll notice in the last group here, the data group, we do have a button that says Convert to Text. So let's give that a click.
Now when we convert a table to text, Word needs to know how to we want a separate that text and you can see selected here by default it's going to be tabs. If we wanted it to be paragraph marks or commas or some other character of our own choosing we can do that too, but let's leave it at Tabs and we'll click OK. Now our text is selected here, but there's no table. We'll click anywhere outside there to deselect it and there you go. Now it looked a lot better when it was a table, but we were able to get the text part of the table extracted to do with as we please.
Now if you work with tables, I guarantee you'll need this one at some point.
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