I'm constantly having to replace ^p with , in Word 2016 because I can't get it to convert to comma separated values. I think it's a bug; I don't think I'm doing something wrong with converting table to text, but I'm checking here before whispering in the wind on https://word.uservoice.com/

Steps to reproduce:

  1. Copy single column of values from Excel
  2. Paste into Word 2016 (match destination formatting)
  3. Select Table
  4. Go to Table Tools > Layout (y'know, because MS thought having two Layout tabs was a great design choice; it's been eight years and I still feel strangled by The Ribbon)
  5. Click Convert to Text
  6. Choose either Commas, or Other (with a Comma or Comma+Space)


  • Paragraph delimited list

Expected Result:

  • Comma delimited list
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  • This is the way it's supposed to work, no bug. – harrymc Sep 28 '18 at 14:26
  • Thanks @harrymc I guess I just needed someone to tell me I was wrong, and suddenly my mistake jumped out at me – undrline Sep 28 '18 at 17:00

I think I see my issue: when converting a table to text, columns get specified delimiters, rows get paragraph marks.

So, to do what I was expecting, I first have to transpose (easy enough in Excel as one of the paste types).

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