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text to table with multiple rows and columns

asked 2019-03-08 02:56:41 +0200

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updated 2020-07-21 23:22:14 +0200

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I want to convert a piece of text which has both tabs and paragraphs into a table that has both multiple columns and multiple rows. Right now the options seem to be multiple rows in one column for texts divided into paragraphs or multiple columns in one row for tabbed texts. Converting text to table with rows and then converting it to table with columns crashes LibreOffice or results in a table with a table If not possible right now, can this feature be added?

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answered 2019-10-17 19:23:33 +0200

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In LibreOffice Writer, with a block of text selected (with tabs to indicate columns and paragraphs to indicate rows), clicking "Table" > "Convert" > "Text to Table..." and selecting the "Tabs" button under "Separate Text At" works for me without LO (LibreOffice crashing. My five paragraphs, each containing one tab, are converted into a 5x2 table.

IMHO, the "Text to Table..." dialogue is confusing. The "Separate Text At" choice determines column breaks ... and it includes a button for "Paragraph". But paragraph marks (and apparently only paragraph marks) determine row breaks (and only row breaks). So, paragraph marks will not give you a new column (despite what the dialogue says), and no character other than a paragraph mark will cause a row break.

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Thanks! I don't have enough karma to upvote, but I would.

Tomthegiant gravatar imageTomthegiant ( 2019-10-18 13:57:33 +0200 )edit
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