To add columns to a document:
- Select the text you wish to format.
- Select the Page Layout tab, then click the Columns command. A drop-down menu will appear.
- Select the number of columns you want to create.
- The text will format into columns.
- To remove column formatting, place the insertion point anywhere in the columns, then click the Columnscommand on the Page Layout tab. Select One from the drop-down menu that appears.
- Your column choices aren't limited to the drop-down menu that appears. Select More Columns... at the bottom of the menu to access the Columns dialog box. Click the arrows next to the Number of columns:to adjust the number of columns.
- If you wish to adjust the spacing and alignment of columns, click, hold, and drag the indent markers on the ruler until the columns appear the way you want.
Adding column breaks
Once you've created columns, the text will automatically flow from one column to the next. Sometimes, though, you may want to control exactly where each column begins. You can do this by creating a column break.
To add a column break:
In our example below, we'll add a column break that will move text to the beginning of the next column.
- Place the insertion point at the beginning of the text you wish to move.
- Select the Page Layout tab, then click the Breaks command. A drop-down menu will appear.
- Select Column from the menu.
- The text will move to the beginning of the column. In our example, it moved to the beginning of the next column.