SharePoint Online change column type from "Single line of text" to "People"

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Hi guys, 

 

I have a SharePoint list with a "Responsible" column, its column type is "Single line of text". Now I want to change column type from "Single line of text" to "People", do you what is the best way to do it?

 

I know the below workaround but it's too time consuming for a list with more than 5000 items:

1. Create a new "People" column and move it next to the "Text" column

2.  Edit in grid view, copy data to the new column

3. Exit grid view to save

 

Looking forward to your replies and thanks!

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