ARCHIVED: In Microsoft Word, how do I create and manage columns?
In Microsoft Word, you can set up either traditional columns or newspaper-style columns. Traditional columns are simpler to set up, but can be difficult to work with, as you have to fill the first column before you can proceed to the next. With newspaper columns, however, you can more easily switch between columns; also, information you enter will not overflow into another column.
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To create traditional columns in a document:
- Highlight the text you want to format; if you do not highlight any
text, Word will format the entire document.
- Click the
Page Layouttab, and then select
- Choose the format of your columns. You can select a preset,
automatically formatted number of columns with equal spacing by
Four. You can also manually select the number, width, and spacing of the columns by clicking
- From the
Formatdrop-down menu, select
- Choose the format of your columns. You can choose from preset
columns, or you can manually select the number, width, and spacing of
To create newspaper-style columns using a table:
- Open a new document.
- In Word 2007, from the
Table, and then select
Insert Table.... In other versions of Word, from the
Insert, and then choose
- In the "Number of columns:" field, type the number of columns you
want in your document. For "Number of rows:", type
1(the number one).
OKto create your table. At this point your table will probably be small.
You can also add or remove table borders:
- Move your cursor to the table. In Word 2007, from the
Page Layouttab, select
Page Borders. In previous versions of Word, from the
Borders and Shading....
- Choose the border options you want for your table. You can choose
from presets (such as "None") on the left side of the window, or you
can manually select which borders to turn on or off from the "Preview"
section on the right.
- Beneath the "Preview" section, you will see "Apply to:". Make
sure this option is set to
Tableif you want your border selection to apply to the entire table.
- If you see gray lines where you have chosen not to have a border,
don't worry. These are non-printing gridlines meant to help you see
where your columns are. To turn gridlines on and off:
Word 2007: From the
Previous versions of Word for Windows: From the
Word for Macintosh: From the
Tablemenu, check or uncheck
- Word 2007: From the
Last modified on November 06, 2012.