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Creating Columns

You can format a new document for columns, or you can select text and then apply column settings to that specific text. When you apply column settings to any selected text, Word automatically places the text (now in the number of columns you selected) into its own document section with a section break above and below the text. This enables you to switch from text in regular paragraphs (which are basically one column that covers all the space between the left and right margins) to text placed in multiple columns. You can also turn off the columns and return to text in paragraphs with very little effort on your part. Figure 17.1 shows a document that contains a section of text in paragraphs followed by text in columns, followed by text in para graphs (three sections in the same document). Sections are covered in Lesson 20, “Working with Larger Documents.”

Figure 17.1. Documents can contain text in paragraphs and text in columns, as needed.



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