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Insert a Column Break in Word – Tutorial

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Insert a Column Break in Word - Tutorial: A picture of a column break within a Word document.

Insert a Column Break in Word: Overview

            This lesson shows you how to insert a column break in Word. This is helpful when creating a document that contains columns, like a newsletter. When using columns in Word, text flows automatically from one column to the next. You may find you need to stop the text in one column and start it again in the next column. To do this, you can insert column breaks in Word.

            To insert a column break in Word, place your cursor in the column where you want to insert the break. Then click the “Layout” tab in the Ribbon and click the “Breaks” drop-down button. Select “Column” from the list of options that appear. Doing this then adds a column break. The column break causes any text entered after the break to appear in the next column.

Insert a Column Break in Word - Tutorial: A picture of a column break within a Word document.

A picture of a column break within a Word document.

Insert a Column Break in Word: Instructions

  1. To insert a column break in Word, place your cursor in the column where you want to insert the break.
  2. Click the “Layout” tab in the Ribbon.
  3. Then click the “Breaks” drop-down button.
  4. Then click “Column” within the list of options shown in the drop-down menu that appears.

Insert a Column Break in Word: Video Lesson

            The following video lesson, titled “Creating Column Breaks,” shows you how to insert column breaks in Word. This video lesson is from our complete Word training, titled “Mastering Word Made Easy v.2016-2013.”

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