A procurement professional pulling her hair out dealing with technology issues.
I had prepared a formal document for a top-secret procurement education-related project I have in the works. One of the individuals reviewing this document told me that a table that was in it was not acceptable and that all of the text had to be in the body of the document, not in the 500-or-so-cell table that it was currently in.

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I had visions of delegating this to someone on my team who would not be happy about having to do the brainless task of copying each cell entry and pasting it elsewhere in the document, being sure to keep everything in the proper order with the proper indentation, all while under a tight deadline. “There has to be an easy way to do this,” I thought.

Fortunately, one Google search later, I had my solution!

To remove a table in Word (2007 or later, I believe) while leaving the text behind, you just have to do this:

  • Select the table
  • Go to the Layout tab in the “Table Tools” section that appears
  • Click on the Convert to Text button, and




I hope this little tip helps someone out there! You never know when you may need it.

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Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2
President & Chief Procurement Officer
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
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Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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