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Copying vertical columns of text in Word

Unless otherwise noted, all instructions and screenshots are from Microsoft Office for Windows.

If you’ve ever had information typed up like this:Information typed in tabbed columns… and only needed to copy the stuff out of one column, you’ll love this tip.

Say, for example, you needed to just get the dollar amounts and copy them someplace else.  If you’ve got a whole list of these, you might think you’ll either have to type this up again, or copy-and-paste each amount separately.

Au contraire. Trust me, you’ll love this trick!

by Deborah Savadra

I spend an inordinate amount of my time playing with computers and attempting to explain technology to lawyers and law office staff. It's not always easy, but someone's got to do it.

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  1. Thank you for the nice demonstration! This trick works, BTW, in a number of other editors (Textpad, for example) but not in Notepad or Wordpad.

  2. LOVE LOVE this trick!!

  3. This is one of those things I’ve struggled with for MANY years and never knew there was a solution. Thank you!! Thank you!!

  4. Just found this tip in a search. Thank you so much. This has been driving me crazy. Many times I have needed to copy a column out of a word doc to paste only that column into XL spreadsheet. Now I Can! Thank you.


  6. Thank you – you have saved me hours of work with this video.