Extract or Copy Table data from Word to Excel using VBA

Extract or Copy Table data from Word to Excel using VBA

I have previously shared an article with an example showing how to open a word document from excel and copy excel data, a table, to the word doc using VBA. You can reverse the process, that is, extract or copy table data or multiple tables from a word document to your Excel worksheet.

Copy or Extract Table Data from Word to Excel using VBA

Copying and pasting the tables from word to excel, is easy. However, if you are using VBA to automate your Excel job, then I am sure this example would come handy.

Microsoft provides the Table object (for word) in VBA, which has a collection of methods and properties with which you to read and extract data from multiple tables in a word doc, from Excel.

Let’s see the example now.

First, create a word document (.doc or .docx) and draw a table. Add few data to it. Make the first row as header. You can draw multiple tables in your word file. Save the file.

Now, open your Excel file and add a button, an ActiveX button control, in your worksheet (Sheet1).

Press Alt+F11 to open the VBA editor. You can also right click sheet1 and choose View Code option. Add Office Object Library Reference to your application.

Office Object Library Reference in Excel VBA

Write the below code inside the CommandButton1_Click() event.

Option Explicit

Private Sub CommandButton1_Click()
End Sub

Public Sub copyTableDataFromWord()
    On Error Resume Next
    ' Create a "FileDialog" object as a File Picker dialog box.
    Dim fd As Office.FileDialog
    Set fd = Application.FileDialog(msoFileDialogFilePicker)
    Dim sfileName As String
    With fd
        .AllowMultiSelect = False
        .Title = "Select a Word File"
        .Filters.Add "All Word Documents", "*.doc?", 1
        If .Show = True Then
            sfileName = Dir(.SelectedItems(1))      ' Get the file.
        End If
    End With
    Application.ScreenUpdating = False
    Application.DisplayAlerts = False
    If Trim(sfileName) <> "" Then
        Dim objWord As Object       ' Create a Word object.
        Set objWord = CreateObject("Word.Application")
        objWord.Visible = False      ' Do not show the file.
        ' Create a Document object and open the Word file.
        Dim objDoc
        Set objDoc = objWord.Documents.Open(fd.InitialFileName & sfileName)
        Dim iTable      ' The table that you want to extract data.
        iTable = 1      ' Set value as 2 or 3 for second or third table (if any).
        ' Note: If you have multiple tables in your word file,
        '  use "objDoc.tables.Count" to get the total tables in the file
        '  and loop through each table.
        If objDoc.tables(iTable).Columns.Count > 0 Then     ' Check if it’s a table.
            Dim iTotalCols As Integer   ' Get total columns in the table.
            iTotalCols = objDoc.tables(iTable).Columns.Count
            Dim iTotalRows As Integer   ' Get total rows in the table.
            iTotalRows = objDoc.tables(iTable).Rows.Count
            Dim iRows, iCols As Integer
            Dim txt As Variant
            ' Get the table headers first.
            For iCols = 1 To objDoc.tables(iTable).Columns.Count
                txt = objDoc.tables(iTable).cell(1, iCols).Range.Text
                With Sheet1
                    .Cells(1, iCols) = Replace(txt, " ", "")          ' Write the headers in sheet1.
                    .Cells(1, iCols).Font.Bold = True
                End With
            Next iCols
            ' Now extract the table data.
            For iRows = 2 To iTotalRows
                For iCols = 1 To iTotalCols
                    txt = objDoc.tables(iTable).cell(iRows, iCols).Range.Text
                    Sheet1.Cells(iRows, iCols) = Replace(txt, " ", "")   ' Show data in sheet1.
                Next iCols
            Next iRows
        End If
        ' Add borders to the table.
        Sheet1.UsedRange.Borders.LineStyle = xlContinuous
    End If
    Application.ScreenUpdating = True
    Application.DisplayAlerts = True
    ' Clean up.
    Set objWord = Nothing
    Set objDoc = Nothing
End Sub

See how I am using the FileDialog object in the beginning of the procedure to select the word file. After getting access to the word file, I am creating the word and doc objects to open and read the contents in the file. The doc will remain invisible.

objWord.Visible = False ' Do not show the file.

May also like: How to Read Data from a Closed Excel File or Workbook without Opening it

The tables() method from the Table object, will allow us read the doc’s table data. The method takes a parameter as index, a number, which will return a single table object.


You can define the index values like “1”, “2”, “3” etc. depending upon the number of tables you want to read and extract data from. However, If you have multiple tables in your word file, and don’t want to add indexes manually, you can use objDoc.tables.Count to get the total tables in the file and loop through each table.

After writing the data to the Excel worksheet, I am just drawing borders around the columns and rows.

Sheet1.UsedRange.Borders.LineStyle = xlContinuous ' Add borders to the table.

Well, that’s it. Thanks for reading.

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