Re: delete a table without deleting contents

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Jay Freedman

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Feb 21, 2008, 11:54:03 AM2/21/08
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cazo wrote:
> i want to keep the contents of the table but every time i delete the
> table my info goes with it. please help! how do i delete the
> table/cells without deleting the contents thanks!

In Word 2003 or earlier, when the cursor is in the table, click Table >
Convert > Table to Text. In the dialog, choose what character you want to
use to separate items from cells in the same row (rows are always separated
from each other by paragraph marks).

In Word 2007, when the cursor is in the table, choose the Layout tab under
Table Tools, and click the Convert To Text button in the Data group at the
far right end of the ribbon. That opens the same dialog.

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Peter A

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Feb 21, 2008, 12:30:16 PM2/21/08
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In article <E983F907-ED2E-453F...@microsoft.com>,
ca...@discussions.microsoft.com says...

> i want to keep the contents of the table but every time i delete the table my
> info goes with it. please help! how do i delete the table/cells without
> deleting the contents thanks!
>

Use the menu command Table-Convert-Table to Text. In Word 2007 it is
something different but I am sure the same functionality is there.

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Jul 20, 2012, 9:04:41 AM7/20/12
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On Thursday, February 21, 2008 10:24:03 PM UTC+5:30, Jay Freedman wrote:
> cazo wrote:
> &gt; i want to keep the contents of the table but every time i delete the
> &gt; table my info goes with it. please help! how do i delete the
> &gt; table/cells without deleting the contents thanks!
>
> In Word 2003 or earlier, when the cursor is in the table, click Table &gt;
> Convert &gt; Table to Text. In the dialog, choose what character you want to
> use to separate items from cells in the same row (rows are always separated
> from each other by paragraph marks).
>
> In Word 2007, when the cursor is in the table, choose the Layout tab under
> Table Tools, and click the Convert To Text button in the Data group at the
> far right end of the ribbon. That opens the same dialog.
>
> --
> Regards,
> Jay Freedman
> Microsoft Word MVP FAQ: http://word.mvps.org
> Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup so
> all may benefit.

For Windows 2007,
1. Select the Table.
2. Click Layout tab.
3. In the Data section, click 'convert to text'.
4. A dialog box appears ['Convert table to text'].
5. Select other and specify a space in the text box next to it.
6. Click ok.

onebigp...@gmail.com

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Nov 7, 2012, 3:33:59 AM11/7/12
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This was of great help, thanks very much!

anshula...@gmail.com

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Apr 25, 2013, 12:47:57 PM4/25/13
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better way just select the table --> goto design --> select NO BORDERS

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May 17, 2015, 8:26:21 AM5/17/15
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Thank you for this Jay, it would save my time copying the content

pinkd...@gmail.com

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Sep 28, 2016, 6:54:42 AM9/28/16
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I dont have that menu at all just properties so nowhere to do it

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Mar 29, 2017, 3:32:12 AM3/29/17
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On Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 10:17:57 PM UTC+5:30, anshula...@gmail.com wrote:
> better way just select the table --> goto design --> select NO BORDERS

its an amazing shortcut. it helped me a lot and saved my time and energy to a great extent. Thank you for sharing this shortcut.

siddiq...@gmail.com

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Apr 8, 2017, 1:32:16 AM4/8/17
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Thank u very much. It helped me a lot

dair...@gmail.com

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Feb 27, 2018, 10:03:57 PM2/27/18
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thanks

rosenb...@nhsdlions.org

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Jan 30, 2020, 1:22:31 PM1/30/20
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Why is everyone answering in forms of office, this is google how do you do it on docs.

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May 27, 2020, 6:38:16 PM5/27/20
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On Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 10:22:31 AM UTC-8, rosenb...@nhsdlions.org wrote:
> Why is everyone answering in forms of office, this is google how do you do it on docs.


How to remove text content from table in a google doc:

Technique 1- This results in a vertical list of the content from the table, top left being on the first line and to bottom right being on the last line, one item per line.
1) Copy contents of table by highlighting inside the table from top left to bottom right
2) Hold down Control key on Mac and click in the place you want to paste to (or right-click on PC) to reveal the extended menu + choose "paste without formatting"

Technique/workaround 2 - This results in your text info being positioned as if written into the doc but positioned spacially as they were in the table
1) Copy contents of table by highlighting inside the table from top left to bottom right
2) Open a blank google spreadsheet and paste anywhere into the sheet.
3) Select that same information now in the google spreadsheet by highlighting inside the table from top left to bottom right.
4)Copy highlighted area and return to your google doc and hold down Control on Mac (or right-click on PC) to reveal the extended menu + choose "paste without formatting"

Your text info should be positioned as if written into the doc without the table formatting, but positioned spacially as if they were in the table. Edit as per normal text edit to suit.
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