Re: [R] Transfer Crosstable to Word-Document

From: Peter Dalgaard <>
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2008 10:41:50 +0100

Gabor Grothendieck wrote:

> On Feb 16, 2008 5:28 PM, David Scott <> wrote:

>> On Sat, 16 Feb 2008, Alan Zaslavsky wrote:
>>> If you want to get nicely formatted tables in Word and are familiar with
>>> Office tools (I know it's the Evil Empire but some of us work there), I
>>> suggest that you use Excel for formatting and then insert the table into
>>> your Word document. IMHO, Excel is much superior to Word for table
>>> formatting, e.g. modifying number of significant digits, playing around
>>> with fonts and number formats, etc. And when you have gotten the formats
>>> right you can paste in modified values of the numbers in the table without
>>> having to do the formatting again. Including the table in your Word
>>> document is easy by cut-paste or creating a live link.
>>> As a user of R under Unix I haven't looked into the facilities for writing
>>> tables to Excel under Windows but there is something there. Alternatively
>>> you can write a fixed-column or tab-delimited file and easily import to
>>> Excel.
>> Production of tables and formatting them in Word is something I have dealt
>> with a couple of times recently and it really is important to do something
>> smart because of the time taken to individually format tables.
>> An approach I used recently was to produce a text table in R and export it
>> to Excel as a .csv file which could then be copied as is to Word. Borders
>> and the like would still have to be formatted individually but not entries
> You could get a border automatically by writing your table out
> as HTML.  Try this using the builtin data frame iris:
> library(R2HTML)
> HTML(iris, border = 1, file("clipboard","w"), append=FALSE)
> Now paste that into Excel and from Excel into Word and you should
> have a border around it.
> See ?
> You could alternately generate the HTML yourself giving quite a bit
> of control.

Just curious (I don't use Word if I can help it -- even the simplest of things drive me up the wall), but can you not import HTML directly in Word? OpenOffice seems to do it quite happily with xtable output.
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