How to Create a Tab Delimited List on Microsoft Word

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Creating a tab delimited list on Microsoft Word is something that you can do with a basic text file. Create a tab delimited list on Microsoft Word with help from a certified Microsoft Office specialist in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Shannon Grossi, a Software Trainer, and I'm here to show you how to do a tab delimited list in Microsoft Word. If you set your file up as a text file, it would be used in any other application really. For example, you can import that list into the columns into Excel. So, first we'll save it as a text file. I've got my Word document opened; I've gone ahead to file up in the ribbon and head to save as. And at save as type is where you'll want to change the type of file. You'll see halfway down is the text file or plain text. I will give my file a name, decide where to store it; I'll keep it right here in my documents library and save. On this window here, I'll click okay. Now, I can start my list. I'll type in something that I like in my column and I just press the tab key. So, I would just continue to type where I want the separations and every time I need a separation I press tab. Once I'm done with that, I go ahead and I save the file again. So, I'll just click on this save button in my click access toolbar to save the new item that I've added. And on this message, yes, because I do want to save it as a plain text format. So, that's how you can make a tab delimited list in Microsoft Word. That way the list is available to be imported into any other application such as Excel.


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