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Chapter 8. Formatting the Page > Setting Up Columns

Setting Up Columns

Columns help to break up information and make it easier to read. Take a look at your daily newspaper—it’s much easier to read across a short section of text than it is to read across an entire page (especially with small fonts). There are four types of columns in WordPerfect:

  • Newspaper— Text flows down the first column until the bottom of the page is reached, and then wraps up to the top of the next column. Newspaper columns are used in newsletters, magazine articles, and newspapers.

  • Balanced Newspaper— Text flows across from column to column so that the columns stay (roughly) the same length, no matter how much text you type in. Because the text is constantly readjusting, typing in balanced columns is awkward. It’s best to type the text and then turn on the columns.

  • Parallel— Text flows down the first column until you push it over to the next column. Typing in parallel columns isn’t bad because you decide when you want to move to the next column. However, editing in parallel columns is about as much fun as working on your income taxes. For this reason, most WordPerfect users turn to the Tables feature when they need side-by-side columns.

    → To learn how to create and edit tables, see Chapter 10, “Working with Tables.”

  • Parallel with Block Protect— These columns operate in the same fashion as regular parallel columns except that each row of columns is kept together. If one column in the row becomes so long that it moves down to the next page, the entire row is moved.


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