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Part 9. Using Columns and Tables > Formatting Columns

Formatting Columns

Click anywhere in the multiple-column text, open the Format menu, and choose Columns to open the Columns dialog box.

If you like, click a preset format under Presets at the top of the dialog box.

If you have specific requirements for column widths, first make sure that the Equal column width check box is not marked.

Then enter the desired settings for each column under Width and spacing.

INTRODUCTION

In addition to the standard formatting options described in Parts 6 and 7 of this book, Word gives you a few other choices for formatting text in multiple columns. For example, you can adjust the column widths, add vertical lines between columns, and so on. Try some of the options described here and see what works well in your documents.


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Balancing Lengths

To balance the length of your columns on the last page of a document, press Ctrl+End to move to the end of the document, and then open the Insert menu and choose Break. Click the Continuous option button, and click OK.


To add vertical lines between your columns, click the Line between check box to mark it.

When you have made all of your selections, click OK.

Word applies the settings you chose to your text.


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