Excel - So You Have a List of ...
So, you have a list of names, numbers, parts, etc. that you need to convert from a list in Word into an Excel sheet that you can manipulate using multiple Excel tricks; Text to Columns, Transposing and Cutting/Pasting.
Let’s take an example, you have a list of committee member names from a meeting’s minutes and you want in Excel to create a table listing their functions and responsibilities.
You could retype the list of names into Excel to get them into separate rows or columns, but that can be a daunting task if you have a lot of items. Instead follow the simple instructions below to make quick work of this task.
Here’s my list of committee members from the meeting’s minutes: Ann, Mary, Kim, Sue, Jim, Lisa, Lisa, Tom, Lou, Abby, Claire, Steward, Suzanne, Jean-Pierre.
Steps to create your list:
- Highlight the list in Word and Copy it.
- Open a new worksheet in Excel and Paste the list into a cell (the whole list will be in that one cell).
- To divide the list up into columns highlight the list, point to and click Text to Columns (From Data in the Menu Ribbon) to step through this process
- In the dialogue window, under original data, click delimited, and hit next.
- Then under delimited check the comma box - since the list is separated by commas. You will now see a preview of how the list will be broken up.
- Click finish. Now your list appears separately in columns. But you want them in rows so,
- Highlight the cells and choose copy. Put your cursor in an empty cell and hit Paste and select Transpose – your list will now appear in rows instead of columns.
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