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Chapter 4. Document Formatting > Multiple Columns

Multiple Columns

A new Word document normally starts as a single large column. However, if you want to lay out a newsletter or break up your text with pictures, for example, you can create additional columns.

To set up multiple columns

Choose Format > Columns.

The Columns dialog box appears (Figure 4.14).

Figure 4.14. In addition to specifying the number of columns, you can set column and gutter widths in the Columns dialog box.

In the Columns dialog box, click one of the Presets or enter a number in the Number of columns text box.

Optional: To add a vertical line between each pair of columns, click the Line between check box.

In the Width and spacing section of the dialog box, for each column specify the width and space between. (To make all columns the same width, click the Equal column width check box.)

Choose an option from the Apply to drop-down menu.

Click OK.

✓ Tips

  • You can also set the number of columns by clicking the Columns icon on the Standard toolbar and then dragging until you reach the requisite number of columns (Figure 4.15).

    Figure 4.15. Click the Columns toolbar icon and drag to set the number of columns.

  • After creating multiple columns, you can change the number of columns or other column-related settings by returning to the Columns dialog box.

  • You can manually change column widths or spacing by clicking and dragging icons in the horizontal ruler (Figure 4.16).

    Figure 4.16. By clicking and dragging the column-related ruler icons, you can change column settings.

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