Why Convert Text to Table in OpenOffice Writer?Although many word processors such as Microsoft Word and OpenOffice Writer allow the user to create and edit tables in a document, it is no secret that doing so can be frustrating and inconvenient. It is often difficult to position and edit the table in a word processor to get it to look exactly as you want.
OpenOffice Writer includes a helpful function that lets you automatically convert text directly into a table without having to create and edit the table manually. Using tabs, semicolons, paragraphs, or commas to create columns and new lines to create rows, Writer will automatically place your information in a table and offer you the choice to add headings and force each column to have equal widths.
Converting Text to Table in OpenOffice WriterSuppose you have some text in a document like that pictured below. Notice that the information has a heading to show what each column contains and that the information is separated by tabs.
Select the Heading option and uncheck the option titled Repeat. We only want the heading in the table to appear once. Note that Writer automatically assumes that the first row contains the header information as it does in our example. Make sure the option titled Don’t Split the Table is unchecked and that the one labeled Border is checked. Finally, click the OK button.
In the Separate Text At section, you’ll notice that you can use other parameters to separate the cells such as Paragraphs, Semicolons, or Other. In the Other category, you can choose any separator; commas are a common separator (sometimes called a delimiter).
Using the Convert Text to Table feature in OpenOffice Writer, you can automatically create tables without having to manually insert them into the document. This not only saves time but saves you the trouble of having to edit the table to make it look uniform and professional.