A post from a few days ago describes a somewhat convoluted multi-step process for converting shapefiles to text/spreadsheet format. Zonums Software has let me know that a new version of his free Shape2Text utility is available which simplifies the process tremendously.
Download the Shape2Text zipfile, and unzip it and the supporting .bpl files into its own directory (no install program). Run the program, and select the shapefile you want to convert to a text format:
For point shapefiles, an Attributes button will become active; click on it, and you can select which of the shapefile attributes will be exported along with the coordinates. You can delimit the file with commas (CSV), spaces (TXT) or tabs (TAB). An output file name and location will be auto-generated, but you can change that as well. Click on Accept, and the text file will be created. A lot easier than the earlier method!
The program also exports line and area shapefile vertices, but without attribute data, there’s no separation of data from individual shapes in the shapefiles, and there’s some additional data in the header section that you may need to edit out.
Addendum: The program requires Borland .bpl files, which should come included in the zip file. If you get an error message indicating that .bpl file is missing, you can download the needed file from this site. Copy it to the program directory, or put it in your Windows/System32 folder for access by any program in the future that might need it.