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Make it possible to convert from a list to a table (and vice versa)
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Sometimes information starts as a list, and then you want to expand it into a multi-column table. It would be nice if this could be done at the touch of a button (or un-done, at least when the table only has one column).

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Esanders triaged this task as Low priority.Apr 30 2018, 9:33 AM
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This seems like a somewhat specialist use case. Even if we did have a tool it would not be obvious how to expose it to the user in a way that would be discoverable when you need it, but not confusing to new users.

I would suggest:

  1. Unlist to get multiple lines
  2. Paste in a spreadsheet editor
  3. Add columns, paste back into VE.
Deskana moved this task from To Triage to Freezer on the VisualEditor board.May 1 2018, 6:38 PM

If I select multiple lines, and go to Insert > Table, could it ask me if I wanted to convert it to a table?

Vvjjkkii renamed this task from Make it possible to convert from a list to a table (and vice versa) to 5zdaaaaaaa.Jul 1 2018, 1:13 AM
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Whatamidoing-WMF renamed this task from 5zdaaaaaaa to Make it possible to convert from a list to a table (and vice versa).Jul 2 2018, 4:03 AM
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Whatamidoing-WMF added a comment.EditedMar 12 2019, 11:46 PM

Ed, I realize that I'm just whingeing here, but I need this again, in the opposite direction. I've got links in a spreadsheet that I need to be links in a list. Or just plain 'paragraphs' of links. Just definitely not a table, and without losing the links (which is what all of the "remove formatting" options seem to do).