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Planning Your Document

If the design of your document is up to you, it’s a good idea to start out not at the computer keyboard but at the drawing board, literally sketching out how you want your pages to look. Will you use two columns or three? Do you want the columns to have equal widths or will one be narrow and the other two wide? Thinking carefully about your document’s final appearance will go a long way toward helping you create it the way you want.

Word gives you the capability of creating up to 13 columns, but in all but the rarest circumstances (such as a simple word or number list) you won’t use 13 columns—the width of each column would be a scant 0.5 inch! Most traditional documents use one, two, or three columns. In some instances, you might use four, but even those columns will provide little room for more than a few small words on a line.


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