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Creating Columns

Make sure that you're using Print Layout view (open the View menu and choose Print Layout), and move the insertion point to where you want the columns to begin.

Open the Insert menu and choose Break to open the Break dialog box.

To make the columns begin at the top of a new page, choose Next page.

To keep the columns on the same page as the text above them, choose Continuous.

INTRODUCTION

If you would like to produce newsletters, bulletins, journal articles, and so on, you'll appreciate Word's ability to format text in multiple columns. When you use this feature, the text snakes from column to column. If you want to create columns of text that do not wrap from one column to the next, use either custom tabs (see Part 6) or a table (see the last four tasks in this part). If you don't want columns in part of your document, follow steps 1 through 5 to insert a section break. Otherwise, begin with step 6.


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Inserting a Column Break

To force text to the next column, move the insertion point to the place where you want the text to break, and choose Insert, Break. In the Break dialog box, click the Column Break option button, and click OK.


Click OK, and then double-check to make sure that your insertion point is in the section where you want the columns to begin.

Click the Columns button on the Formatting toolbar.

In the grid that appears, click the desired number of columns.

Word creates the number of columns that you specified.


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