Create newsletter columns

Format part of a document with columns

  1. Select the text you want formatted in columns, or place your cursor where you want columns to begin.

  2. On the Layout tab, click Columns.

    (In Word 2010 and Word 2007, go to the Page Layout tab, and in the Page Setup group, click Columns.)

  3. Click More Columns.

  4. Click the number of columns that you want.

  5. In the Apply to list, click Selected text or This point forward.

Notes: 

  • To add a vertical line between the columns, click Columns again, click More Columns, and then select the Line between check box. You can also adjust the column width and spacing.

  • To change the layout again further on in your document, select text or click where you want to change the layout, and then follow the same steps. For example, you can change from one column to a two-column layout, and then you can change back to the single-column layout on a later page.

  • Insert a column break to control how text flows between columns. For example, insert a column break to end a paragraph in one column and start a new paragraph at the top of the next column.

Format an entire document with columns

Before you start typing in a blank document, follow these steps:

  1. On the Layout tab, click Columns.

    (In Word 2010 and Word 2007, go to the Page Layout tab, and in the Page Setup group, click Columns.)

  2. Click the layout that you want.

Your document is now formatted in columns.

Note: To add a vertical line between the columns, click Columns again, click More Columns, and then select the Line between check box. You can also adjust the column width and spacing.

Stop using columns

You won’t find an undo command to return your document to a single-column format, but you can undo a multiple-column format by following these steps.

  • On the Layout tab, click Columns (In Word 2010 and Word 2007, go to the Page Layout tab, and in the Page Setup group, click Columns), and then click One to return to one-column format.

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