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Chapter 7. Working with Pages > Setting Up Columns

Setting Up Columns

You may have glanced at the newspaper this morning or read an article in a magazine over the weekend. These publications present information in narrow columns, rather than extending the text from the left to the right side of the paper. Why is that? Because the news printers from a long time ago realized that narrow columns are easier to read than longer blocks of text. It’s harder to lose your place if you’re reading across a short line than if your eye is traveling from one side of the page to the next.

The columns used in newspapers and magazines are called newspaper columns. Text flows down the column until the bottom margin is reached; then it is carried over to the next column. The text flows up and down, from left to right, following the natural movement of a reader’s eye.


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