Copying All Tables to a New Document

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 13, 2014)


Tables are a great way to present many types of information. In fact, I've seen some documents that consist almost entirely of tables. If you do a lot of work with tables, you may (at some point) want to copy all the tables from one document to a brand new document. This could be helpful if you have tabular information that needs to be available in the new document, but you don't need the rest of the information from the original document.

The easiest way to do this type of copying is by using a macro. Fortunately, all the tables in a document are made available to VBA through the Tables collection. That means you can step through each item in the collection (each item will be an individual table) and then copy it.

Sub CopyTables()
    Dim Source As Document
    Dim Target As Document
    Dim tbl As Table
    Dim tr As Range

    Set Source = ActiveDocument
    Set Target = Documents.Add

    For Each tbl In Source.Tables
        Set tr = Target.Range
        tr.Collapse wdCollapseEnd
        tr.FormattedText = tbl.Range.FormattedText
        tr.Collapse wdCollapseEnd
        tr.Text = vbCrLf
End Sub

The macro, once run, creates a brand new document (Target) and copies the tables from the original document (Source) into the new one. (The source document is whatever document was active when you ran the macro.) The macro places a blank line between each table in the Target document. If you don't want the blank line, then remove or comment out the line just before the Next statement.

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Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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2016-03-02 17:07:10


Thanks for the help. It saved me a lot of time.

2016-01-28 04:49:55


Hello Allen

This macro is really helping me with a report I need to do for a project. The report consists of tables and associated sales text and is given to a customer.

Afterwards the tables will be used by another department who do not need the text so this helps me give them just that.

However is there an amendment i can make to change the target from a new blank word document to an existing world file (which would have a title and formatting in place).

I have tried replacing 'Documents.Add' with 'tmpName = ActiveDocument.AttachedTemplate.FullName
Documents.Add Template:=tmpName, NewTemplate:=True' but I don't think I am adding it in correctly are you able to explain how I could add this function?

Many Thanks

2014-12-16 23:41:12

Ram Ashish

Hello Allen

It is very useful macro but it copying tables only.It will be great if it copying table title and note and source.

thanks and regards
Ram Ashish

2014-12-15 09:05:33

Philip Ulanowsky

Hello, Allen, and Christmas greetings to you and your family.

I really like the idea of copying all the tables to another document. In my proposal work, I sometimes end up copying tables from a source document, into which someone has just cut-and- pasted them from who knows where; placing them in a black doc for style stripping (Clear all, Ctrl w/space and Q, and Alt+Ctrl_u); then pasting them into the target and applying a custom table style.

As you know, Word tables, especially very long ones, can carry with them all (and can even disable application of custom styles from the QAT, as occasionally happens to me, sometimes even after stripping; who knows where Word's coding hides the key to that little gremlin!).

Your macro would be additionally useful, therefore, if, after copying all the tables to a new document, it would perform the stripping operations. This could be, perhaps, a separate macro, but a one-shot sweep would be great.

Best wishes,

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