How to Convert Excel to Word

There are a few ways to copy from Excel to Word

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With Excel's spreadsheet power and Word's processing magic, they're a power duo for creating projects. Even though a direct conversion method doesn't exist, if you need to convert from Excel to a Word document, there are a few ways you can do so.

Instructions in this article apply to Excel and Word 2019, 2016, and Excel and Word for Office 365. Additionally, while Excel does have an Export option, there's no native way to export to Word from within Excel. Instead, you'll have to use one of the methods described here to move data from and Excel document into a Word Document.

How to Copy From Excel to Word

The first method is the simplest and you're probably already aware of the process. You can easily convert your work from Excel to Word by copying and pasting.

  1. To start, open the document you wish to copy in Excel.

  2. Open the Word document you're pasting to.

  3. In your Excel document, select the content you wish to copy. If you want the whole page, you can simply select the triangle icon in the upper left of your work.

    Selecting Excel spreadsheet in Excel
  4. Once selected, press Ctrl+C on your keyboard (Cmd+C for Mac users) to copy it.

  5. In your Word document, place your cursor where you wish to paste your work. Use Ctrl+V (Cmd+V for Mac users) to paste.

    Excel spreadsheet converted into Microsoft Word

You can also use copy and paste to create a new table in Word. Simply create a Word table, select the data in Excel, then copy it directly into the new table you created.

How to Convert Excel to Word Using Insert Object

In contrast to copy and paste, inserting Excel as an object inserts a miniature version of your Excel document into Word, complete with multiple sheets and other features. With Excel and Word open, proceed to the steps to start converting.

How to Convert Excel to Word Using Insert Object on Mac

  1. In Word, select Insert from the ribbon.

  2. Select the Insert Object icon in the toolbar.

    Insert Object icon in Word
  3. Select From File in the dialog box and locate your Excel file.

    Want your object to automatically update if you change the Excel spreadsheet? Select Options > Link to File.

  4. Select Insert in the bottom right corner of the dialog box.

    Excel spreadsheet converted into Word

How to Convert Excel to Word Using Insert Object in Windows

  1. In Word, select Insert > Object > Object.

  2. Select the Create from File tab > Browse. Locate the file you wish to insert.

  3. Select Insert. If you wish to link it to a file, select the Link to File checkbox.

  4. Select Ok.

Convert Excel to Word Using an Online Converter

You can also use an online converter to convert Excel to Word quickly. Simply locate an online converter by conducting a quick online search. You'll then upload your two separate documents and allow the converter to do the heavy lifting. When complete, you'll have the option to download your new document.