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Create Columns in Word – Instructions and Video Lesson

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Create Columns in Word - Instructions and Video Lesson: A picture of a user adding columns to a Word document by using the “Columns” dialog box.

Create Columns in Word: Overview

            You may need to create columns in Word for documents that need them, like a newsletter. This is helpful for separating text vertically. When you create columns in Word, the text flows from one column to the next on the same page. Also note that you can add columns to your whole document or to a selected section within a document. If you want to add columns to only a part of your document, you have two options. You can either select the text first or you can create a different section to which to add the columns.

            To create columns in Word, place your cursor where you want the columns to start. Alternatively, you can select the text to separate into columns. Then click the “Layout” tab in the Ribbon. Then click the “Columns” drop-down button. Next, choose from the listed preset column options or click the “More Columns” command to open the “Columns” dialog box.

Create Columns in Word - Instructions and Video Lesson: A picture of a user adding columns to a Word document by using the “Columns” dialog box.

Create Columns in Word – Instructions and Video Lesson: A picture of a user adding columns to a Word document by using the “Columns” dialog box.

            If you select the “More Columns” command, then use the buttons, spinner boxes and checkboxes in the “Columns” dialog box to set the number, width, and spacing of the columns to create. A preview of the selections you make appears in the “Preview” section of the dialog box. Use the “Apply to:” drop-down to choose to which section or content within the document to apply the columns. When finished, click “OK” to apply your columns and close the dialog box.

Create Columns in Word: Instructions

  1. To create columns in Word, place your cursor where you want the columns to start.
  2. Alternatively, to add columns to only part of the document, either select the text to separate into columns or create a different section to which to add the columns.
  3. Then click the “Layout” tab in the Ribbon.
  4. Then click the “Columns” drop-down button.
  5. Choose from the preset column options or click the “More Columns” command to open the “Columns” dialog box.
  6. If you select the “More Columns” command, then use the buttons, spinner boxes and checkboxes in the “Columns” dialog box to set the number, width, and spacing of the columns to create.
  7. The changes you make appear in the “Preview” section.
  8. Then use the “Apply to:” drop-down to choose to which section or content within the document to apply the columns
  9. Then click “OK” to create your columns and close the dialog box.

Create Columns in Word: Video Lesson

            The following video lesson, titled “Creating Columns in a Document,” shows you how to create columns in Word. This video lesson is from our complete Word tutorial, titled “Mastering Word Made Easy v.2016-2013.”

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