How to Convert a Word List to Excel

By Bonnie Conrad

One of the hallmarks of the Microsoft Office suite is its ability to seamlessly share data between programs. Users can create a table or list in Microsoft Word, then easily use that data in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access and other Office programs. Users can also convert that Word and Excel data to text files that can easily be emailed and shared with non-Microsoft programs.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel

Step 1

Log on to your computer and open Microsoft Word. Open the document that contains the list you want to work with.

Step 2

Highlight the data in the list or table. After the data has been selected, right-click and choose "Copy" from the drop-down list.

Step 3

Minimize your Word document and open Microsoft Excel. Open the spreadsheet you want to copy the Word list into.

Step 4

Position your cursor in the cell where the word list should begin. Right-click and choose "Paste Special" from the menu.

Step 5

Choose "Text" from the list of options and click "OK." Verify that the data has been copied correctly, then save the spreadsheet.